Chanson’s Meursault is a village wine with Premier Cru standards. The grapes are from 4 different plots of vineyards from selected growers. 2 of these plots are located on mid-slope for finesse and minerality. The other 2 are situated around the village for more richness and depth.
The grapes are from 4 different plots of vineyards from selected growers, including arguably the two best village crus, Vireuils and Les Clous. 2 of these plots are located on mid-slope for finesse and minerality. The other 2 are situated around the village for more richness and depth. The soil is a mixture of limestone and clay.
The wine is for the most part left alone, as the philosophy is one of “infusion rather than construction.” The wine is vinified 100% whole cluster to extract a deeper color and enhance the structure and aromatic complexity. Chanson also strives to maximize the preservation of fresh fruit characteristics, which is why grapes are chilled immediately on arrival in a proprietary tunnel that provides a very quick chill with no oxygen exposure. Then, Champagne-style fractional pressing is practiced to gently extract the purest juice. Oak is used conservatively, with no more than 20% for the whites.
The growing season veered from too wet to too hot and finally too dry, which made deciding when to pick a real challenge. Harvest began on the 1st of September with the domaine vineyards. Yields were quite variable though overall quite good and potential alcohols were also varied at between 13 and 14.5%. The vinifications were done using 100% whole clusters for all the wines, save for the Nuits villages because it was hailed on, and thankfully, there were no difficulties with stoppages. Overall we can say that the wines produced in 2018 express the richness and pleasantness of the vintage while keeping the elegance and the balance that Domaine Chanson is known for.
Pale gold colour. Floral fragrances (acacia) mixed with refreshing aromas of citrus-fruit and hazelnuts on a hint of vanilla. Crisp, complex and well crafted. Tight and precise texture. Long and mineral finish.
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"Appetizing and lasting"
Wine Enthusiast - July 13, 2021 "A hint of butteriness is all that peeks through on the shy nose of this wine. The palate has creamy richness that unites a touch of smoky flint with melted butter and ripe pear notes. A bright, concentrated core lends backbone and structure. The finish is appetizing and lasting." - A.K.
"Opulent and charming"
Wine Spectator - July 13, 2021 "Round and full of peach, lemon cake and pastry flavors, this white is opulent and charming. Lively acidity is embedded in the plush texture, emerging on the lingering finish." - B.S.
Other Wines by this Producer
Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru Hauts Marconnets Domaine
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.
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
“Les Clos” is one of the most famous Grand Crus of Chablis. The area of production covers 24.75 hectares. The vines selected by Chanson are ideally located right in the heart of the plot. The upper part brings the minerality and the lower part gives a right character to the wine.
Beaune Clos due Roi 1er Cru Domaine
The vineyard of “Clos du Roi” is located below “Les Marconnets” on a fold in the hill. Chanson owns around 7.5 acres (approximately 35% of the total vineyard area). 2/3 of Chanson’s vines are planted with Pinot Noir. The plot is low on the slope and known to produce elegant, stylish wines for relatively easy drinking.
Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru Domaine
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.
Santenay-Beauregard 1er Cru Domaine
Chanson owns 3 hectares in this area, located in the Premiers Crus area of Santenay, a small village in the South of the Côte de Beaune. The plot is at the top of the hill and is positioned on two levels. The large proportion of stones gives to the wine a very special minerality which emphasizes the typicality of the Pinot Noir.
Beaune Clos des Féves 1er Cru Domaine
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.
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses Domaine
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.
Gevrey-Chambertin La Perriere 1er Cru
Gevrey Chambertin is the most famous appellation of the “Côte de Nuits” and the climat “La Perrière” is located in the heart of the Premier Cru area. The grapes are sourced from a partner winegrower but are picked by members of the Chanson team.
Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc 1er Cru Domaine
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.
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Caradeux Domaine
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.