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2005 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Fourneaux"

SKU #1036037 92 points John Gilman

 The 2005 Fourneaux from Chandon de Briailles is outstanding and was showing great potential when I last tasted it in November of 2012. The deep, young and nascently complex nose soars from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, a touch of red currant, lovely minerality, a hint of bonfire, superb spice tones and an incipient note of gamebirds. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite tangy, with a rock solid core of fruit, moderate tannins, bright and bouncy acids and outstanding length and grip on the still very young, but focused and beautifully balanced finish. This will be dynamite in the fullness of time, but give it at least another eight to ten years of bottle age to really start to show all of its potential! (Drink between 2020-2060) 92+  (3/2014)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 60+ year old vines) A high-toned red fruit nose that is exceptionally fresh and bright leads to delicious, precise and serious middle weight flavors that possess both solid depth and punch on the presently rustic finish though de Nicolay indicated that it will be fined. Drink: 2013+  (4/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 A little animal, beefy on the nose, followed by lovely succulent fresh fruit on the palate. Complex even in youth. Tannins are light and fresh and well-balanced with fruit and acidity. (JH)  (7/2007)

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- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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