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100% Pinot Noir, displaying a nice garnet colour with a medium intensity, this wine offers very nice aromas of cherry and red fruits. In the mouth, the wine is very fruity, smooth and supple, with a very pleasant freshness, the Pinot has quite a good ageing potential and can be enjoyed now or over the next few years.100% Merlot, this wine has a deep purple/red colour and a bouquet of cassis with hints of vanilla. A full-bodied wine with rich plummy fruit and cassis hints leaving an elegant long and peppery finish, typical of this varietal.
The 2012 vintage was low yielding with only 50% of the normal crop, but with a perfect late autumn the grapes were of exceptional quality. The wines are extremely balanced, intense & vibrant.
This Savigny-Les-Beaune ‘Aux Fournaux‘ expresses itself with freshness & fruit, together with a complex, deep structure. A rich palate, that is opulent but not heavy.
This is a ‘bargain’ Burgundy!
All of the Chandon de Briailles burgundies are biodynamic/organically produced & with only a tiny production is certainly the most prestigious producer in Savigny les Beaune.
"3 Most Outstanding Burgundy Releases" - Neil Martin @ RobertParker.com
"The 25 Essential Wines of 2016" - Punch Magazine
The Fixin region is arguably the most under rated, under priced & overlooked area of Burgundy! Nestled right next to the more prestigious Gevrey-Chambertin, Fixin is traditionally known for robust, long lived wines.
The tiny 'Les Crais' block produces this single cuvee from old vines planted in 1946 faithfully using organic production principles.
Berthaut wines show great finesse & refinement & are the finest & most elegant wines from Burgundys' Fixin region.
Fixin wines are frankly one of the best kept secrets in Burgundy with their low yielding vines giving very concentrated fruit flavours.
Burgundy has been blessed with a string of four excellent vintages in a row - 2011 was one of them!
Great quality & value!
89pts - Burghound
The 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavieres comes from the domaine's vines planted in 1954. It has a well-defined nose with dried herbs infusing the red plum & cranberry fruit. Slightly leafy, but is well defined & poised. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins. There is a little hardness, although the judicious dash of black pepper on the finish is welcome. This premier cru just needs to loosen up in bottle.
92pts - Robert Parker
90pts - Burghound
"The 2014 Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile de Vergelesses, from limestone soils, has a very terroir-driven, mineral-rich bouquet with delicate floral scents developing. The palate is crisp & linear, very well balanced and full of freshness. It exerts a gentle grip at the back of the mouth, the fruit merging red fruit with black on the finish. What a lovely Pernand-Vergelesses from Chandon de Briailles." - Robert Parker
"This is also distinctly cool with its layered nose of restrained dark pinot fruit, earth & soft floral nuances. There is more volume & power to the slightly less refined flavors that possess excellent concentration before terminating in a mildly rustic but not really austere finish. This will need a few years of bottle age to completely flesh out but it should be drinking well after only 4 to 5 years of age." - Burghound
92pts - Burghound
91pts - Robert Parker
"A wonderfully fresh if somewhat reticent nose grudgingly offers up very ripe notes of dark currant, earth & a pretty range of floral elements. There is once again outstanding richness to the full-bodied, muscular & relatively powerful flavors that culminate in a noticeably warm & structured finale." - Burghound
"The 2015 Pernand Vergelesses les Vergelesses 1er Cru comes from mainly red clayey soils with a high iron content. It has a charming bouquet with blackberry, orange rind & pressed flower notes that frankly put the three 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaunes in the shade. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, very good balance & crucially, unlike the Savigny-lès-Beaunes, there is satisfying fruité on the tensile finish. This has good potential." - Robert Parker
94pts - Wine Spectator
93pts - Burghound
92pts - Robert Parker
"A lean, racy red, featuring cherry, strawberry, spice & mineral flavors. Very compact & linear, this is nonetheless persistent & long on the aftertaste. Coiled & youthful, this will need time to unwind." - Wine Spectator
"I did note that floral elements are evident. There is outstanding volume & good phenolic maturity to the round, velvety & overtly powerful middle weight plus flavors that possess a firm core of tannins on the mouth coating, dusty & impressively persistent finish. This is a serious Corton where patience will also be required." - Burghound
"The 2014 Corton Les Marechaudes Grand Cru has a detailed nose of brambly red fruit, briary, pressed white flowers & limestone - really captivating aromatics ... The palate is fresh & vibrant with refined tannin. There is a gentle but persistent grip here, linear at first but opening slightly towards the citrus finish." - Robert Parker