The late Steven Spurrier wrote a feature in The Somm Journal highlighting Burgundy’s 2019 vintage, including an in-depth overview of Domaine Chanson and the 2019 crus – four whites and six reds.
In fact, he said, “The wines from Domaine Chanson are probably my most preferred Burgundies – not the grandest by any means but perhaps the most expressive of each appellation, all grouped around Beaune, where the estate owns 43 hectares of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.”
Explaining that Chanson’s wines rest in barrel “in one of the five medieval bastions that defended the city of Beaune, conceived under Louis XI and completed under Francis I; the four-story structure with 8-metre-thick walls is exceptional at maintaining a constant level of temperature and humidity. Continuing, he commended Chanson’s major quality improvements over the last two decades.
A huge Burgundy lover, he added “the magic of Burgundy lies in its fascinating vineyards. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted to express the site, not the varietal; nowhere else can this complexity of terroir be found. the 2019 vintage conveys it to perfection.
Read the full story enclosed here to learn more and read his detailed tasting notes on the following Chanson wines:
- Savigny-Les-Beaune Hauts-Marconnets Premier Cru
- Pernand-Vergelesses Les Caradeux Premier Cru
- Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru
- Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru
- Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode Premier Cru
- Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vergelesses Premier Cru
- Beaune Clos des Marconnets Premier Cru
- Beaune Les Greves Premier Cru
- Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru
- Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru
This vineyard of 1.90 hectare is ideally located on mid-slope close to the hill of Corton-Charlemagne. Same soil structure and height as its famous neighbor. The only difference is the East exposure of the "Caradeux" which makes of this plot an exceptional "terroir" providing unique mineral characteristics.
Savigny is a modest little village in the Cote de Beaune. Savigny is known for being the most divided areas in Burgundy with its 22 Premier Cru vineyards located on one of two sides; the Pernard side and the Mont Battois side. The Premier Cru of Dominode is the best Premier Cru of Savigny. It’s mid-slope with great clay and limestone soil.
White wines are very unusual in Savigny-Les-Beaune. The vineyards mainly produce red wines. However, Chanson decided to plant Chardonnay here too because of the particular nature of the soil. The wine shows aromas of exotic fruit mixed with floral fragrances.
Chanson is one of the major owners of Clos des Mouches with a vineyard of 4.5 hectares. This is a sunny terroir which benefits from an ideal location on the hill at the southern end of the vineyards of Beaune on a spur pointing towards Pommard. A plot of 2 hectares on the upper side of the hill is planted with Chardonnay on a limestone subsoil covered with sand.
Chanson’s 2 hectare plot is located next door to the famous terroir “Le Montrachet.” The soil most consists of clay and limestone with the famous stone of Chassagne and is clearly mineral. The vineyards have a peculiar aspect; they are made up of small blocks entangled into each other. With its east exposure, on the road to Saint Aubin, this plot benefits from the fresh air which gives the wine very pure and refreshing aromas.
Clos de Fèves is a Chanson “monopole” located in the very heart of the Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune. The vineyard, covering 9.4 acres, is located on mid-slope. It makes a complete, rounded wine, with striking depth and minerality.
Chanson owns a vineyard of 5.4 hectares in Premier Cru “Les Vergelesses.” The plot is located in a hollow at the bottom of the hill of Corton and its clay and limestone sol combination gives wines a very specific structure.
Chanson is a true mid-size Domaine. Unlike many of their competitors, their wines are produced using the grower model rather than the négociant model. They have extensive holdings of over 111 acres of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the heart of Burgundy. Chanson is obsessed with maintaining a consistent quality level across the entire range. The wines have a seductive and distinctive style due to the rigorous approach to viticulture and vinification.