750 mL Bottle
Note: 20 per cent whole bunch, 20 per cent new oak. A good Bressandes is primordial Corton; majestically intense with lots of meaty perfume, a tightly coiled, mineral palate and a complex weave of structure that pleads to be cellared. Chandon's vines here are over 30 years old and faithfully produce wines that reflect both the stony soil character of the hill as well as the dark fruit, spice and wild game/truffle tones so typically gifted by this beautifully situated vineyard. The 2011 is clearly a more supple and restrained example: there is a lovely aromatic intensity here, reminiscent of a rose garden or summer hedgerow, which, when allied with great purity of fruit, makes for an audacious and charmed glass of wine when young. As always, this will benefit from more time than the Maréchaudes, though the 2011 is remarkably welcoming even at this juncture-just make sure there is some protein in sight to break down those thick-set tannins.
"Sweet Spot. This too is quite reduced yet from barely perceptible fruit seems fresh. As is usually the case there is slightly finer mouth feel to the broad-shouldered flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a firmly structured but not hard finish. This is youthfully austere with just a hint of rusticity and this too will definitely require patience."
91-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
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