Pernand’s five, red 1er Crus are all south of the village, close to the Corton hill. Like all villages of the Côte d’Or, Pernand chose to suffix the name of its best vineyard to the town’s original name, in this case the east-facing Les Vergelesses. Chandon de Briailles has 1.22 hectares here. This is the same vineyard that continues into neighbouring Savigny-lès-Beaune (where it is then called Aux Vergelesses). The soils here – stony on the upper part of the plot and more clay dominant at the bottom – are iron rich, and give an intense and complex wine, often with red currant and smoky notes. The vines here were planted in 1956.
Again this offers wonderful freshness for the year. There’s lots of spicy, earthy fruit and some meaty, sappy, tangy, whole bunch complexity running through the generous fruit. There’s also plenty of depth and tannins. This will live a long, long time.