If you are interested please give Richard a call: (617) 484-4560 or email: richard@cuvee-wines.com.

I’m bringing Burgundy to Belmont for late summer.

Typically, I focus on their legendary whites. But with fall around the corner I wanted to look into​ Burgundy’s undeniably phenomenal and insanely delicious Pinot Noir. What I found is the ultimate treat without breaking the bank Premier Cru.

DomaineChandonBriaillesSavigny-les-Beaune1erCruLesLavieres2017.​ This is the premier vineyard site of Savigny-les-Beaune.

What do the Burgundian villages Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-lès Beaune, Saint-Romain, and Saint-Aubin have in common? For one thing, all are positioned a little to the west of Burgundy’s “main drag” escarpment that runs the length of the Côte d’Or (“golden slope”). For another,thesearevillageswherethe$50winesthattastelike$100wines”aremost likely to be found.

We’ve been having especially good luck lately in Savigny-lès-Beaune, home of the impeccable Domaine Chandon de Briailles and this Premier Cru from the celebrated 2017 vintage. Sourced from 50-year-old vines in “Les Lavières,” one of Savigny’s elite vineyards situated within striking distance of the Grand Cru Corton, this wine has all the pedigree one could ask for—just not the name recognition (and accompanying price tag). This is classically structured red Burgundy built for long aging in your cellar—as opposed to the raft of ultra-ripe 2015sI’vetastedthatarebettersuitedforimmediateconsumption—soallyoutraditionalists out there, take note! We can offer up to six bottles of “Les Lavières” today, and I’d urge you to take your limit: This is “$50 that tastes like $100” wine at its best!

Located in Savigny-lès-Beaune, Domaine Chandon de Briailles has been in the same family’s hands since 1834 (with familial ties that were originally connected to the Chandons of Champagne’s Moët). Today, the domaine is run by seventh-generation brother and sister François and Claude de Nicolay. Claude, who has been working here since 1991, studied viticulture in Beaune and built her very own analytical lab after obtaining a degree in technical enology. François joined her in 2001 after originally entering the wine trade as a boutique distributor. The pair have since turned a historic domaine into one of Burgundy’s most prestigious. They also tirelessly worked to become Certified Biodynamic and are part of the 28-member association “Les Domaines Familiaux de Tradition,” which contains every Burgundy powerhouse name you could imagine.

LesLavières(“lave​ =flatlimestoneslabs)isoneofthebestsitesinallof Savigny-lès-Beaune. This extensive Premier Cru runs along a latitudinal valley that curves northward and meets the heart of Corton less than a mile away. Chandon de Briailles’ vines were purchased soon after the Second World War and Claude’s father replanted this six-acre plot in 1954. N​ ow pushing past 60 years of age, these vines are ideal for producing high quality Pinot Noir. As they follow a strict biodynamic regimen, a single horse is used for plowing and all grapes are carefully sorted and picked by hand. In the winery, the grapes are partially destemmed and indigenous yeasts trigger fermentation. Aging for a duration of 14-18 months in their 13th century cellars takes place only in oak—mostly once, twice, and thrice-used barrels. It is bottled without fining or filtration.

In the glass Chandon de Briailles’ 2017 “Les Lavières” shines a deep and dense ruby with brighter hues as you move out to the rim. It’s full of elegant charm and the nose exudes ripe fruits and earthy aromas of black cherry, wild plums, wild strawberries, anise, pomegranate, rose stem, purple flowers, gunflint, turned earth, forest floor, baking spices, and damp leather. The palate possesses a great firmness with a delicate core of black/red fruits enveloped in a savory concoction of flowers and herbs. A strong mineral presence emerges on the long finish and the overall structure here clearly highlights its aging potential. I​ f consuming today, show a minimum 90 minute decant, otherwise stow them away until 2020 and drink until 2035 and beyond—these wines are built for the cellar!

Food Pairing

With a traditional producer, you usually go with a dish of the same nature: b​ eef bourguignon​ is always promising, but if you’re seeking something different try j​ ambon persille​ or coq au vin.Bon appétit!

15% off for any quantity – $50.99 per bottle and 20% for 6 or more – $47.99.

If you are interested please give me a call @ our store phone (617) 484-4560 or send me an email richard@cuvee-wines.com.

A Votre Sante!


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