Chandon de Briailles Volnay Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2009


Pinot Noir

Farmed organically & part biodynamically. Along with Clos des Ducs, Caillerets is Volnay’s top 1er Cru site. Many Burgundy experts would argue forcefully for its Grand Cru calibre. Les Caillerets are small stones in the vineyard that are very useful for draining the soil and reflecting light. Pinot Noir is particularly happy in this clay-limestone soil with very calcareous sub-soils.

Sadly, 2009 marked the last vintage of Chandon de Briailles’ 1er Cru Les Caillerets. The domaine’s lease on the parcel came to an end. Chandon de Briailles’ Caillerets came from a 0.4ha parcel and has always been in short supply.

Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chandon de Briailles owns just under 14 hectares of vineyards spread across three villages: Savigny-lès-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses, and Aloxe-Corton. The beautiful fruit they receive from the vineyards is preserved, and the family is careful in their use of oak barrels, never using new oak.  One other thing to note about Chandon de Briailles is their use of whole clusters in the best vintages. This lightens the color of the wine but adds to the aromas, which is what makes Burgundy so great.

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About This Wine...

“We were lucky to find these cases from the outstanding 2009 vintage. Opulent, yet lifted, the use of old oak & careful handling shines through in this exceptional Volnay.”

Harriet Tindal MW 2019


*Sweet Spot Outstanding* An extremely ripe nose combines spiced plum, floral, mineral and prune notes that lead to attractively textured, suave, supple and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors blessed with seemingly endless reserves of extract that buffer the firm tannic spine on the long and serious finish. I very much like the underlying sense of tension and this should be most impressive in 10 to 15 years. Note that this is not a classic Caillerets as it’s exceptionally ripe.”

91-94/100 Burghound 2011

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