Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2014

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Chandon de Briailles

The winemakers’ mother, Nadine, decided to plant Chardonnay in the Corton Bressandes vineyard because she wanted to have some Chardonnay to drink in the mid-term while the Charlemagne was aging! This is a rare breed: Chardonnay on ground normally destined for Pinot Noir.

The fruit is sourced from the upper part of 3 parcels in Corton Bressandes (80%), Corton Chaumes (15%), and 5% from Corton Renardes. The vineyards face south and south-east, and are mid-slope, (except for the Renardes, which is upper slope.)
91 points
"(three-quarters Bressandes, one-quarter Les Chaume): Strong Poire William and mineral aromas. Silky, dense and weightless on the palate, showing terrific intensity and inner-mouth tension to its lemon and lime flavors. Enters the mouth supple but finishes with a firm edge and excellent lift. Even more energetic than the Ile des Vergelesses. Long on the aftertaste."
Stephen Tanzer,
, January 2016
91 points
"While there is a touch of melon character present here as well it is a good deal more subtle and doesn't impede the clarity of the pear, green apple, citrus and lilac scents. There is notably more volume and mid-palate concentration to the big-bodied and muscular flavors that possess both excellent richness and punch, all wrapped in a complex if rustic finale. This won't win any awards for refinement but I like the frank character and overall delivery."
Allen Meadows,
, Issue #63
95 points
"This starts out rich, open and soft, with lemon oil, apple and almond flavors, but turns more austere as the structure shows up on the finish. Less oaky than its peers, presenting a lingering aftertaste of lemon and spice. Best from 2019 through 2028."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator