Chandon De Briailles Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Lavieres' 2014

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  • Strong Vintage
  • Terrific Vineyard
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    $105.00
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  • Allen Meadows
    91 points

Editors notes

Mid-slope and with a lot limestone in the soil, Lavières comes from the word "lave" which was the term used in the past to describe the flat limestone slabs used to cover local roofs. Such stones dominate the sub-soil of Chandon's 2.6-hectare plot which, in the experience of Claude de Nicolay, brings a smoky, spicy character to the wine. The vines (from a massale selection) were planted in 1956.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Allen Meadows

    91
    "This is both more complex and more elegant with a lovely airiness to the cool red cherry, pomegranate, earth and floral aromas. There is excellent detail to the delicious, lilting and precise medium weight flavors where the mouth feel benefits from the relatively fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a mildly austere and sauvage finish. This is really quite pretty but it is built-to-age and will need at least 4 to 5 years of cellar time"

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Burgundy

Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.

Cote de Beaune

A key wine-producing subregion in Burgundy producing internationally renowned red and white wines, France’s Côte de Beaune spans 20 kilometres from north to south. The area takes its name from the town of Beaune – an important wine centre for Burgundy. Here, the significant villages and their Grands Crus are Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet. Each of these villages, except for Pommard and Volnay, produce white wine as well as red. Some of Burgundy’s best white wines, as well as some fine reds, are produced in this subregion. The three villages with the best reputation for white wines are Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet.

About the brand Domaine Chandon de Briailles

Domaine Chandon de Brialles has been owned and managed by the de Nicolay family since 1834. Chandon de Brialles has 13 hectares of vines which encompasses holdings in Aloxe- Corton, Corton, Savigny and Pernand-Vergelesses. Such appellations are often associated with wines that display a somewhat rustic, unpolished style but it is a testament to the de Nicolays' skill that such accusation could never be leveled at their wines. François de Nicolay is winemaker, aided by sister Claude and the domaine's distinctive cellar master, Kojak. Since 1989 they have practiced organic viticulture, with a third of the domaine cultivated biodynamically. No new oak is used and the average barrel age is seven years. These are very graceful, elegant wines, without ostentation.

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