The best premier cru of Pernand-Vergelesses from its best producer in a good year. Should be good, but is it nice?
Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Ile des Vergelesses 2002, Domaine Chandon de Briailles
This smells very strongly of ripe strawberries; ripe, English strawberries no less. There is a direct minerality to the nose. This actually smells quite nice. The palate has plenty of strawberry fruit, which is ripe, but with persistent acidity. It doesn’t have much flesh. It is nice, pure, elegant and refined, but just lacks a bit of charm. It needs more visceral character to be truly lovely.