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Tasting wine up in the cellar at Domaine Chanson Père et Fils in Beaune, Burgundy

In 1999, Champagne Bollinger took over the venerable Burgundy negociant house of Domaine Chanson Père & Fils, founded in 1750. Jean-Pierre Confuron is winemaker here since 2001. He is a well-known name for many Burgundy lovers thanks to his high-quality Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot which he runs together with his brother. That Chanson hired such a winemaker meant only one thing: now they would invest in high quality wines with character.

“Jean Pierre is a minimalist winemaker,” says Catherine Goutorbe at Domaine Chanson, “he doesn’t interfere, and he lets each terroir express itself.”

Barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy

Barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

We have come to visit Chanson in Burgundy on a recent wine tour and we have just walked up (!) to the Chanson wine cellar and we are tasting some of the wines from the large portfolio. Yes, here you actually walk up to the cellar which is spectacularly situated in one of the round bastions, the corner houses of the Beaune medieval city wall.

We were impressed with the wines, both the whites and the reds. They are clean and well balanced, with a personal style. And with clear differences between the different appellations.

Tasting of whites vintage 2011

Wine tasting in the barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy

Wine tasting in the barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

We start with the whites, which is not always the case in Burgundy!

Savigny-les-Beaune Hauts Marconnets Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Pleasant flavours with almond tones and well integrated oak. A certain softness and quite a low acidity but well balanced.

Pernand-Vergelesses Les Caradeux Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Very good. Quite steely and mineral. Long lasting flavours. The same soil structure as Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru but with eastern exposure, instead, Catherine tells us.

Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Chanson

Great complexity. A hint of honey and aromas of white flowers. The oak is well integrated. Good length.

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Balanced and full bodied wine with a very long and pleasant after taste. Notes of honey and peaches.

Tasting red wines vintage 2010

Wine tasting in the barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy

Wine tasting in the barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

On to the red wines:

Savigny Dominode Premier Cru 2010

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Clean and pure fruit. Good tannin structure, density in the mouth and fresh acidity.

Pernand Vergelesses Les Vergelesses Premier Cru 2010

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Typical Pinot nose of red berries. Good freshness. Full-bodied with intense flavours and a juicy fruity finish.

Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2010

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Well balanced with some flavours from the oak (coffee, spices) and a small pleasant bitterness from the stems. Full-bodied and intense flavours.

Nuits Saint Georges 2010

Domaine Chanson Père & Fils

Powerful with distinct tannins. Ripe red fruit and a hint of autumn leaves. Complex and balanced.

A very interesting wine tasting that showed that Chanson is one of the most exciting negociants in Burgundy today.

Burgundy is an exciting wine district to visit. On site you have the opportunity to taste many excellent burgundies, if you choose to visit the right wine producers. BKWine regularly organises wine tours with visits to some of the very best winemakers in Burgundy. Why not come on one of our wine tours?
Domaine Chanson in Beaune, Burgundy

Domaine Chanson in Beaune, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy

Barrel cellar at Chanson in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

 

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