Chandon de Briailles - Natural Burgundy
Chandon de Briailles was established in 1834 and is currently run by Claude de Nicolay, who crafts her traditionally styled wines from one of the Côte d'Or's great terroirs, the hill of Corton and its surrounding villages. Corton is just north of Beaune and it's easy to spot, as it's a big hill with a forest on top. It's a limestone outcropping that is set apart from the main "cote" of the Cote de Beaune or Côte de Nuits. Three villages have vineyards that are a part of Corton: Aloxe, Ladoix, and Pernand-Vergelesses. Corton is the only place with red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune.
At Chandon de Briailles, the vineyard management has been fully biodynamic since 2005. In the cellar, no enological products are used, and for these three special cuvées, absolutely no sulfur since 2016. Fermentations start naturally a few days after harvest in open top cement tanks. Aging is carried out in used barrels (up to eight years-old) and the wine are bottled without fining or filtration. Claude likes to describe her wines as having 'no make-up': these are pure expressions of Corton terroir, unadorned by oak or chemical refinement.