Bourgogne Grand Cru – 02 – Chanson

2010/6/2, @孔雀



Founded in 1750, this domaine is as famous as Louis Jadot, Louis Latour, Drouhin, an dBouchard Pere & Fils.

People also found many Chanson wines in Voltaire, a famouse philosopher and poet, when he was past in 1778.

In 1970, USA Vice President used wines of Chanson in the banquet with French President, Pompidou. In 1982, French President, Mitterand, also used Chanson wines in the bouquet with Denmark's Queen.

In 1999, Bollinger group purchased this domaine and their huge amound investments more over imporved this domaine.

In 2004, Decanter magazine honored this domaine as one of the top 10 in Bourgogne.

In 2008, the French famous wine writer, Bettane & Desseauve, listed this domaine as one of the 3 stars estates in their new book, Le Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008.

The book, La Revue du Vin de France <> gave this domaine as 2 stars high level.

Chanson has vinyards all over the Bourgogne region, includes Clte de Beaune, Cote de Nuits, Chablis, Maconnais, and Beaujolais.

Besides of handy harvest, Chanson also restricts the amount of grapes up to 6 per vine. They also filter out bursted(?), rotten grapes, branches and grasses manually before fermantation.

Grapes from different vineyards are vintified seperatedly, and 30% of stalks are kept to extract more tannins. They also soak the grapes for 10 days skin contact in low temperature to extract more color and tannins. 15 days fermantation, soft pigeage (踩皮) & bâtonnage (攪桶).

Malolactice fermentation (乳酸發酵) in oak barrels, one-third are new. And aging in Bastion.

Their most famous wines include
* Beaune "Clos de Mouches" 1er Cru
* Pernand-Vergelesses "Les Caradeux" 1er Cru
* Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
* Corton Vergennes Grand Cru, Domaine des Heritiers Paul Chanson
* Corton Vergennes Grand Cru, Cuvee Paul Chanson

Domaine Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses "Les Vergelesses" 1er Cru 2005

Pernand-Vergelesses region is just below Corton Charlemangne region on the slope. Due to the drainage reason, Corton Charlemangne is a Grand Cru, but Pernand-Vergelesses is only listed as one Premier Cru. The soil contains lots of red clay.

14 months in Oak.

Clear ruby with purple hue.

Raisin, cinamon, coffee (increase with time, becomes espresso), plum, raspberries, pomegranate. Very good and sweet red fruit nose (but not yet concentrated or pronounced).

Medium body. Medium to high acidity, but not too long. Tannin is still young, not too smooth. The represented palate is similar to the nose, but not very concentrated (compare to other wines tonight).

Beaune Bressandes Premier Cru 2005

Beautiful ruby color.

Caramel, coffee and Black berry aromas. More concentrated than previous wine, but in a mild, not so pronounced style. After about 1 hour breathing, shows more chocolate and black berries. And then, min, black pepper, fur, and cherry, and the aroma turns from a lower tone into a bright & fresh style.

The palate is quite the same to its nose.

Nuits St. Georges "Les Boudots" Premier Cru 2006

Clear ruby with purple hue.

Nose includes cherry, chocolate and coffee. And some raspberries after 2 hours breathing.

The body is a little bit thin, may be this wine should be drunk before Beaune Bressandes.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2005

Deep ruby.

Palate and nose are similar. Fur, black pepper, pickled plum, leather, mint, black cherry, pomegranate, and a little tar.

medium to strong body. Medium and mature tannins gives velvet mouthfeel. The only bad thing is the price, NT$7000~8250. (Why is Clos de Vougeot always so expensive?)

Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2006

Beautiful ruby and light garnet hue.

Fresh flowers (ginger flowers), perfume, pomegranate, cherry wood incense.

medium body, medium tannin, smooth and refresh mouthfeel.

The same, the price is so bad, around 9000~11000.