Show-Stopping 1er Cru Steal - 07 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Fourneaux

Posted by Ian McFadden

Show-Stopping 1er Cru Steal
2007 Chandon de Briailles
1er Cru Aux Fourneaux

I constantly prowl through lists to find Burgundy values. It's daunting; often, it feels like it can be a full-time job.

But, every now and then, I strike gold.

Today's find is a perfect example. We're happy to offer 2007 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Fourneaux.

This is a "don't miss" value. There are a couple of ways to situate how big of a deal this is. Likely the best way is to mention that the 2010 version goes for around $44 per bottle. Or, you could just say that the 07 1er Cru Aux Fourneaux clocks in below most Bourgogne Rouge from top producers.

Chandon de Briailles is one of the producers we support year after year - the pricing today just sweetens things a bit. 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 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 Île des Vergelesses especially is about subtlety and finesse.

Chandon de Briailles' hallmark purity and balance found a perfect expression in the 2007 vintage. 2007 is a vintage that Chandon de Briailles nailed. We've drunk an embarrassing amount of Chandon de Briailles 07s and they've been absolutely lovely. Recent bottles seem to be even better than those a year or two ago. Chandon de Briailles' success in 07 seems to be widely known - every offer we've done has sold out in a flash.

We keep returning to Stephen Tanzer's words on the vintage - they capture it with such accuracy and beauty: "They finish with an almost electric impression of lift and perfume, as if their fine tannins were sparkling on the palate like diamond dust."

The 2007s have lovely, accessible, silky tannins and bright fruits. They're eminently drinkable now, but beyond being gulpable it's worth stocking up because the 07 1er Cru Aux Fourneaux has a good five years of positive aging.

I wish we had more of this, but the reality is that we have a fairly small parcel. We're only offering this to a small group of Pinot fanatics. Still, I bet people will quickly recognize that this is a steal and jump on it.

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