Chandon de Briailles 2017 | Burgundy 2017 En Primeur
"Keep it under your hat, but this Savigny-lès-Beaune property is one of the most overlooked and underrated in the Côte d'Or... the 2017s rank amongst their finest. The freshness and terroir expression is the best I have ever seen…" Neal Martin
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.
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.
"There is so much to recommend here. Those looking for quality without busting wallets should make a beeline for the superb Pernand-Vergelesses Île de Vergelesses. An appellation and indeed, a Premier Cru that is often overlooked, it produced wonderful whites and reds in 2017 – perfect drinking over the next seven to 10 years. Even better is their killer Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Fournaux, one of the finest vineyards in the appellation." Neal Martin