Country of Origin: France
Type: White Wine
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 12.5%
In the ownership of the same family since 1834, the Domaine Chandon de Briailles is currently owned by the Count & Countess Aymard-Claude de Nicolay & their children. Situated 4 kilometers north of Beaune in Cote d' Or, the domaine is in the northern area of Cote de Beaune in the famous Burgundian vineyard. The estate spans 13.7 hectares shared equally among the villages of Savigny-les-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses, and Aloxe-Corton. Vinified and aged in the purest Burgundian tradition, their wines express themselves with great freshness & finesse reflecting their terroir and "climat" of origin. Their wines are crafted as close as possible to their origins and are without artifice, generous, & well-constructed to gain added complexity over time. In the book "The Great Domaines of Burgundy", Les Verglesses and Ile de Verglesses are described as top sites in the village of Pernand Verglesses producing "wines of weight & structure capable of ageing for 20 years or more". This 2018 Ile de Verglesses Blanc reveals fruity aromas of pear & citrus rind with white floral notes and French pastry nuances. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, this wine is satin smooth, incisive, & energetic with a saline mineral finish. Enjoy this from 2022 onwards with Grilled White Fish, Cedar Plank Salmon, & Chili Garlic Prawns.
Of the 4 hectares that Chandon de Briailles owns in Ile de Verglesses, one hectare is planted exclusively with Chardonnay. It's a clay & limestone soil, which is part of the same geological break as Charlemagne, with more water retaining clay beneath and the top being very calcareous. The Chardonnay vines, planted in 1985 & 1991, is in a perfect location mid-slope facing east. One third of each harvest is aged in a large Austrian oak Stockinger barrel and 2/3 is aged in more neutral oak barrels.