The 2005 Fourneaux from Chandon de Briailles is outstanding and was showing great potential when I last tasted it in November of 2012. The deep, young and nascently complex nose soars from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, a touch of red currant, lovely minerality, a hint of bonfire, superb spice tones and an incipient note of gamebirds. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite tangy, with a rock solid core of fruit, moderate tannins, bright and bouncy acids and outstanding length and grip on the still very young, but focused and beautifully balanced finish. This will be dynamite in the fullness of time, but give it at least another eight to ten years of bottle age to really start to show all of its potential! (Drink between 2020-2060) 92+
(from 60+ year old vines) A high-toned red fruit nose that is exceptionally fresh and bright leads to delicious, precise and serious middle weight flavors that possess both solid depth and punch on the presently rustic finish though de Nicolay indicated that it will be fined. Drink: 2013+
A little animal, beefy on the nose, followed by lovely succulent fresh fruit on the palate. Complex even in youth. Tannins are light and fresh and well-balanced with fruit and acidity. (JH)
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