Monday, December 7, 2015

2014 Domaine Chandon-de-Briailles (Savigny-les-Beaune) -- Tastings from Cask and Bottle

Claude de Nicolaÿ-Drouhin said that in 2014, the red premiers crus were 50% whole cluster and the grands crus generally were 80%. Alcohols were 12-12.5º without chaptalizaiton. Since 2012, there has been about 15% new wood on the wines. The malolactic fermentations were early, in November 2014. The size of the vintage is small – half a normal vintage, but there was no hail for the Cortons. She likens the style to 2000 (which was not what I found elsewhere, and as the wines firmed up over the subsequent four weeks that I was in Burgundy, this may not be a correct current evaluation). Harvesting began about 18 September and was done in two stages, concluding in early October. (Continue reading here.)