Chandon de Briailles 'Ile des Vergelesses', Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2019
Many argue that Île des Vergelesses should be classified as a Grand Cru. It’s true that in the best years, with it’s eastern exposure and mid-slope location, it behaves as a Grand Cru. Chandon de Briailles has a healthy three hectares planted to pinot noir, located in an area with a nice slope, and a good mix of clay and limestone. Of the four hectares that Chandon de Briailles owns in Île de Vergelesses, one hectare is planted to Chardonnay. It's a clay and limestone soil, which is a part of the same geological break as Charlemagne; with more clay at the bottom of the parcel and very calcareous at the top. The chardonnay, planted in 1985 and 1991, is in a perfect location mid-slope facing east. Fermented and aged in two 1,000L Stockinger barrels. Bottled in September 2021 because it aged much slower in the large barrels.