En Primeur | Domaine Chandon de Briailles

The delightful château and its gardens designed by Le Nôtre are a beautiful backdrop for this historic estate, which has been in Nicolay family ownership since 1834. The wines, like the property, have an extraordinary elegance and poise to them. They are impressive without excess. The family can be rightly proud of being one of the frontrunners practicing organic farming from the early 1990s and, since 2005, they have moved across to biodynamic viticulture. To protect against soil compaction vineyard work is done by five horses, which they own rather than using contractors. Furthermore, they have a dedicated team of three people working with the horses and ensure no horse ever does more than four hours a day, due to the physicality of the work.

Claude de Nicolay-Drouhin, who works alongside her brother François, is in no doubt that these attentive practices helped their vines in the drier summer months of 2020. They showed no signs of lack of water, the leaves remaining green and active all the way up to harvest time, and alcohol levels were kept low below 13.4%. The return to vertical presses has allowed gentler handling of the bunches and resulted this year in some beautifully detailed wines.

We’re limiting purchases to 1 or 2 cases per wine due to high demand. Please contact your account manager or wine@goedhuis.com to discuss larger quantities.

Excel
Vintage  
Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat
 
2020

Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Blanc Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl 10+ £325.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £406.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

Info Add

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    A charming expression of Chardonnay from the clay limestone soils of Pernand Vergelesses. White floral character with a sprinkling of jasmine and cracked hazelnut. Its soft creamy mouth feel is kept perfectly in check by a line of mineral salinity. Excellent purity with a long persistent finish.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 86-88

    The 2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Ile de Vergelesses 1er Cru Blanc has a perfumed bouquet with scents of yellow plum, jasmine and a hint of lavender. The palate is well balanced, quite primal and grapey and is missing some mineralité towards the finish and as such, I suspect this will be suited for early consumption. Drink 2023 - 2029

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    Apparently, it was Michel Bettane’s advice to plant some white in the Ile de Vergelesses vineyard. This has not been my favourite wine (because it is taking the place of the stunning red) but I am forced to admit that this is very good in 2020. The vines are getting towards 40 years old. Claudse notes that they find small grapes at the top of the plot, fatter below. The soil is a similar limestone to Charlemagne but gives off pear notes. Beginning to find its character which I used not to find. Good acidity too and a little lemon to finish.

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

2020

Corton Blanc Grand Cru Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl 1 £695.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £850.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

Info Add

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    This is a fascinating white wine coming from 2 plots, one in Corton Bessandes and the other in Corton Chaumes below Charlemagne, unusually planted with Chardonnay, due to a lack of Pinot at the nursery back in the 1970s and a star was born. A structured white wine, with pronounced yellow fruit flavours. Wonderfully textured on the palate, with a touch of Seville orange and great lift on the finish.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    Two thirds Bressandes, one third Chaumes. More a light green tint here than yellow but the bouquet shows a little freshness and proper ripeness, along with its layer of Stockinger oak. Very fresh yellow fruit, fresh pears too, concise and chiselled, more of the ripe lemon zest, and very persistent.

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

2020

Savigny lès Beaune Aux Fournaux Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl 10+ £225.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £286.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

Info Add

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    Claude describes their Fournaux as a “super village cuvée”. They have combined their 1er Cru parcel (2/3rds of the blend) with their village plot of Fournaux because of the small crop this vintage. Unsurprisingly, this punches well above its weight. With sweet fresh strawberry on the palate, this is graceful and harmonious. The tannins are subtle and the finish is packed with bright, precise red fruits. A very lovely style.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 86-88

    The 2020 Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Fournaux, is a blend of one plot 2.10ha that includes both Premier and Village Cru (it was previously bottled separately.) Juicy red fruit on the nose with touches of orange blossom, this just needs a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly powdery tannins, quite austere for the vintage but with decent length. Drink 2023 - 2033

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 90-93

    Two thirds premier cru, one third village, both planted in 1956, with massal selection from Domaine Tollot-Beaut. Young vines are kept out of the blend for the moment. Lovely royal purple with a fabulous nose, almost still vinification aromas. Very sensual at the same time, cream of cherry, with a slightly stricter feel at the back, as the tannins kick in. But there is a velvet grace throughout.

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

2020

Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl 10+ £230.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £292.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

Info Add

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    A lower lying plot situated on predominantly clay soil. This bursts with small, wild, dark berry intensity. Highly concentrated, with sweet ripe fruits. A granular tannic core flows into a fresh finish showing off its Pernand origins.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, Janaury 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    Located at the junction of three villages, Claude ascribes the fruit to Savigny, some spice from Pernand, with the weight of Aloxe. Clear bright purple, racy and spicy for sure, a fine depth of fruit on the palate, a weight which covers up the stems, more liquorice in with the dark raspberry fruit, balanced with good acidity. Well done!

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

2020

Savigny lès Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl 1 £265.00 RELEASED

6x75cl - £334.07 Inc VAT RELEASED

Info Add

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    This fine vineyard was planted in 1956. A very scented wine, with a touch of Provençal lavender and violets. Tremendously graceful, it is all about poise and balance, and the taut line of tannins have a refreshing feel. Understated but quite wonderful.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2020 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières 1er Cru has a pure, perfumed bouquet with scents of raspberry and peony, the 100% whole bunch barely perceptable. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, a fine bead of acidity, cohesive with fine backbone and a slightly peppery, clove-tinged finish. Wonderful. Drink 2024 - 2038

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
    Score: 17

    Juicy, ripe, clean and bold, this is a super wine, and it is forward, too, so it will be a real favourite for restaurants. The acidity is bright and crunchy, and the tannins are very controlled, and the result is a rather nice little wine.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 90-93

    The plot lies parallel to the road, benefitting from cool air coming down the valley from Bouilland, on a granular clay. Very pure purple. The whole bunch adds something vegetal which is temporary. Superb in the mouth though, it must be said, with this sublime sensuality and a lovely lingering finish.

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

2020

Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Chandon de Briailles

6x75cl - £298.00 SOLD OUT

6x75cl - £373.67 Inc VAT SOLD OUT

Info

Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2021

    This 3-hectare plot of 50-year-old vines is the family’s pride and joy and plays an ambassadorial role in the reputation of the commune of Pernand Vergelesses, in the same way as the hill of Corton does. With deep dark blackberry notes, the limestone mineral mid-palate gives precision and tension with a saline edge. Superb structure and certainly a long-term keeper.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Ile de Vergelesses 1er Cru has 100% whole bunch. It has quite a complex bouquet with dark berry fruit, hints of cola and undergrowth, just a touch of marmalade. All quite nuanced. The palate is bright ‘n perky on the entry thanks to a fine bead of acidity, crisp red fruit, playful and vivid with just a touch of dark chocolate towards the finish. Drink 2023 - 2035

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
    Score: 17.5

    This is a rather impressive wine, and I like the Chandon de Briailles smoothness of fruit and what makes this such a success is that the depth of fruit is awe-inspiring indeed. Not only is this a stunning wine, it is also one of the smarter Côte de Beaune reds; it has a great future ahead of it, and the price is keen, too.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
    Score: 92-95

    A blend of older vines or pinot fin from slightly younger ones. Vibrant magical purple, then the most gorgeous bouquet with a wonderful level of distinction and elegance from this great vineyard. Dark fruit throughout, very stylish, white pepper and spice, perhaps a touch of blackcurrant in with the raspberry, but this is brilliantly done and entirely balanced. The silkiest of tannins. 5 star wine

More Tasting Notes Hide More Tasting Notes

Excel

Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tax status

  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.