Domaine Chandon de Briailles - Corton Grand Cru - Clos du Roi - 2011
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Region : Bourgogne
Appellation : Corton Grand Cru
Vintage : 2011
Varietal : Pinot Noir
Estate : In a region like Burgundy, where centuries of strict rules of inheritance have carved up vineyard land into miniscule parcels, Domaine Chandon de Briailles is a gem, having been run continuously by the de Nicolay family since 1834. In addition to their strong viticulture heritage in Burgundy the Nicolays also have familial ties to the famous Champagne house Moët et Chandon. Chandon de Briailles farms 13.7 hectares of vineyards in some of the Côte de Beaune’s most prestigious terroirs: Savigny-lès-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne.
Today, the brother-and-sister team of François and Claude de Nicolay show incredible commitment and know-how, weaving their own list of accomplishments into the domaine’s history. Most notably, the two began converting the vineyards to biodynamic farming in 2005—then a rarity in Burgundy where the humidity makes such practices a challenge—and received official Demeter certification for the 2011 vintage.
Very close to CORTON Charlemagne, this is a terroir high on the hillside, very steep and made up of clay-limestone marls containing a little sand. It is also a late-ripening terroir which, through its ability to drain, allows the grapes to avoid rot during the last phase of ripening.
Tasting Notes :
The low yields of this parcel give great intensity to the wine built on fine tannins.
Its minerality engenders complexity, finesse and noble aromas. A wine for collectors, it merits keeping a long time. It will reward the patient connoisseur.