Grand Cru Steal: 2007 Chandon de Briailles Corton-Clos du Roi and Corton-Bressandes

Posted by Ian McFadden

Grand Cru Steal
2007 Chandon de Briailles
Corton-Clos du Roi & Corton-Bressandes

Today, we offer the second part of the sharpest priced parcel to come across my desk all year. Last month, our 07 Île des Vergelesses offer sold out in two hours.

Today, we focus on Chandon de Briailles' top Grand Cru reds, Corton-Bressandes and Corton-Clos du Roi.

Since we're all preparing for the 4th of July, we'll try to keep this brief.

Like the Île de Vergelesses, the value of these two Grand Crus is flat-out impressive. We're offering Chandon de Briailles 07 Corton-Bressandes for $49.95 and Corton-Clos du Roi for $59.95.

To put this into greaterfocus, 2010 Corton-Clos du Roi goes for around $120 and 2010 Corton-Bressandes goes for $94 and up.

Chandon de Briailles

This is the sort of deal that we advise you to take advantage of. Deals like this on Grand Crus are very, very rare.

We've said this before, but it's worth repeating: Chandon de Briailles is a great old school Burgundy domaine. This is one of those quiet houses that, despite the laid back reputation, you tend to find it collected by the same folks that stock up on the elite regulars like Roumier, Rousseau, Bachelet, etc.

The wines of Chandon de Briailles are soulful; they are exemplars of classic Burgundy. The emphasis is on fruit of great purity, flavor and aromatics without weight.

The 2007 Corton-Clos du Roi struts the full-throttle intensity that Corton is famous for. Its red berry fruit is steeped in minerals and earth. Burghound sums it up in one word, "promising." Corton-Clos du Roi is generally considered the most complete of the Cortons and Chandon de Briailles' 07 dramatizes this.

As for the 2007 Corton-Bressandes, the Burghound points out (full review below), this is always the most finessed of Chandon's Grand Crus. In 2007, it is a knockout.

2007 was a vintage that favored the Côte de Beaune and both wines show the sparkle and energy of the vintage. There's a fineness and suppleness of tannins that give both wines immediate appeal. However, these will benefit for another 3-5 years in the cellar.

As mentioned earlier, our last Chandon de Briailles offer sold out in just a couple hours. This will likely follow a similar course. Quantities are limited so give us your maximum order and we'll allocate as best we can.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits