Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Corton Blanc Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2010
"...big-bodied, powerful and impressively concentrated flavors that possess outstanding drive and superb length." Burghound
|Grape Blend||Chardonnay 100%|
|Winemaker||Claude de Nicolay|
Domaine Chandon de Briailles’ 2010 Corton Blanc Grand Cru is a rich, full-bodied, complex white Burgundy style, drinking well now, but with plenty more promise in the bottle.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles is a beautiful property, dating back to the 17th century, and has been in the de Nicolay family since the early 19th century. The current owner/winemaker, Claude de Nicolay took over from his mother, Nadine, in 1988. Nadine stopped using pesticides and herbicides in the early 1980s and the vineyards have been organic since 1998. In 2005, the vineyard was certified biodynamic, and such is the family’s commitment to the purity of their powerful produce, the winery was also certified biodynamic (since 2012).
The Corton Blanc Grand Cru yields from a tiny quarter hectare vineyard; 80% of which is planted in the climat of Bressandes, the remainder in Renardes and Les Chaumes. Most Corton, outside of Charlemagne is red, and so a Corton Blanc is a very rare beast.
"...broad ranging nose reflects notes of white orchard fruit, citrus peel, spice, earth and hints of dried flowers. There is a discreet touch of wood visible on the big-bodied, powerful and impressively concentrated flavors that possess outstanding drive and superb length...if you like powerful and ageworthy whites, this would be a good choice." Burghound