Located in the village of Savigny les Beaune, Domaine Chandon de Briailles has been in the same family since 1834. It belongs to the Count and Countess Aymard-Claude de Nicolay and heir children. François de Nicolay and his sister Claude de Nicolay are currently responsible for running the 34 acres biodynamic Estate (organic since 1995, biodynamic since 2005) spread across the appellations of Savigny, Pernand and Aloxe. They are the largest landholder of Ile-des-Vergelesses, and the only domaine to grow both chardonnay and pinot noir there. Annual production is approx. 50,000 allocated bottles.
In the cellar, no enological products are used (except for sulfur in very small quantities), no tartaric acid, no exogenous yeasts, no tannin powder, no enzymes, etc. The winery itself has also been certified biodynamic since 2012. When most people mention biodynamic, they are referring to the farming. It’s a separate certification for the cellar. The Chandon de Briailles wines are quite unique in the fact that there is a negligible amount of new oak for aging a. For many years, Chandon de Briailles used 100% whole clusters every year on every wine, but their style has gradually changed and since 2011 they adapt the amount of whole clusters according to the wine and vintage.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles is part of the association of Les Domaines Familiaux de Tradition; 28 of the most prestigious domaines in Burgundy.