Chandon de Briailles 2017 | Burgundy 2017 En Primeur
This beautiful estate in Savigny lès Beaune has chosen to release a small proportion of their 2017s onto the market this summer. The wine has only been offered to 15 of their most important global export customers ahead of the traditional release in January. Goedhuis is delighted to make this pre-release offer at these special prices.
The past few years have been challenging in the Côte de Beaune with yields drastically hampered by hail and frost over consecutive years. 2017, happily, sees a return of good fortune, and Chandon de Briailles has made some fantastic reds, picked at their optimal yields between 30-35 hl/ha. The purchase of two new vertical basket presses has transformed their tannin extraction too, and the wines have an easy, flowing charm. The estate has been certified biodynamic since 2011, and new vineyard practices have driven quality to an even higher level.
Although tasting from barrel in July is early for Burgundy, 2017 is a vintage of open, forward appeal, and is easy to taste in its youth. The wines burst with red fruits and the tannins are fine, sweet, and creamy. The acidity is less marked than in previous years, but there is nothing blowsy or smudged in the wines’ structures, which are poised, fresh, and approachable. They may well drink in advance of the firmer 2016s and the fuller-bodied 2015s. If ever there were a vintage in which to fill your cellar with excellent drinking red Burgundy for the mid-term, 2017 would be it.