Domaine Chanson is one of the great historic producers of Burgundy, founded in 1750 and 1 of only 6 producers in Burgundy still remaining from the 18th century and earlier. Chanson was purchased by the Champagne Bollinger family in 1999 and has been dramatically restored to once again become one of Burgundy’s top estates, best signified in 2017 by 3 of their wines accredited as “wine of the year” by the most renowned wine critic in France.
Domaine Chanson’s holdings are extensive, planted either with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, depending on the soil characteristics. They own 111 acres of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the heart of Burgundy, in the most beautiful villages of the Côte de Beaune. As the owner of 62 acres of Premier Cru vineyards, including their monopole Clos des Fèves, Domaine Chanson is rightly considered as one of the leading Premier Cru specialists in the appellation.
The terroir gives a unique expression of the soils of the Cote d’Or and the extraordinary rigor and precision of Domaine Chanson’s approach in the vineyards and cellars, results in wine of individuality and quality. They farm organically and harvest all grapes and vinify all wines, both for their estate holdings and contracted vineyards. Requiring diligent viticulture and perfect ripeness, they vinify all whites and reds 100% whole cluster at their state of the art facility on the outskirts of Beaune.
After the French Revolution, Domaine Chanson acquired the Bastion, 1 of 5 spectacular defense towers from the 15th century that encircle the heart of medieval Beaune. The four levels of the Bastion house barrels where the wines are aged. It’s the ideal place to age wines because the thickness of its walls (an astonishing 8 meters thick at the base) ensure a constant temperature and level of humidity. The red wines are stored for 18-24 months in oak barrels in the vaulted cellars of the first 3 levels, each one dedicated to a separate vintage. On the 4th level, a huge circular cellar with a gigantic radial structure supported by chestnut beams shelters the white wines during fermentation, vinification and ageing in oak barrels.
Once you have the opportunity to taste through the Chanson range, you will see the purity and complexity of their wines, ranging from their regional and village wines, to their greatest Premier and Grand Cru holdings.
The appellation lies in the heart of the Mâcon winegrowing region, just south of the Cote d'Or. The two villages, Viré and Clessé, form a unique "terroir" on South-East facing slopes. In Viré, the soil is chalky with large layers of clay. In Clessé, the soil structure is slightly different, with a combination of chalk and clay mixed with liasic marls combined with oyster- fossils, giving the wine an underlying minerality.
The grapes for Domaine Chanson’s Bourgogne Rouge are sourced exclusively from select estate-owned vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, as well as several terroirs located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune.
The village of Chablis, located in the northernmost district of Burgundy, is known for producing steely, crisp wines with intense green-appley acidity and a firm, mineral backbone. Domaine Chanson makes a plot-based selection on hills ideally mostly located in south of the village.
Marsannay is a village level located in the northen part of the Côte de Nuits a short distance of Dijon, the regional capital. Chanson has made this appellation an intense focus because of the serious quality the wines can achieve when diligently approached, and the sheer pleasure they can offer.
After beginning is career in Bordeaux and the Loire, his passion for great wines naturally drew him to Burgundy where, over the course of fifteen years, he has been successfully involved in the development and renewal of many renowned Maisons in Beaune, Nuits Saint Georges and Chablis. In perfect harmony with the quality strategy which prevails at Chanson, he now breathes dynamic new life in the Maison, mixing audacity and a respect for tradition.
Jean Pierre Confuron
Jean-Pierre Confuron, recognized by his peers as one of the most talented oenologists of his generation, implements a disciplined and uncompromising vinification. In charge of vinifications and grapes purchasing, he only works with other winemakers sharing his philosophy and his deep respect of terroirs and vines. He leaves no room for approximation whether it is in the vineyard or in the cellar.