Domaine Chanson Viré-Clessé 2013 75cl

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Country France
Region Burgundy
Brand Chanson Père & Fils
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 13%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2013
Maturity Drink now
Food Match Great with light seafood and raw vegetable hors d’oeuvres
Style Fine, Mineral and Dry

A fine, dry apéritif.  Pale gold colour. Delicate fragrances of fern and lime blossom mixed with citrus fruit and fresh honey enhanced by a hint of minerality. Well-structured and well-balanced. Beautiful minerality. Well-integrated acidity. Generous aftertaste.

Country Of Origin: France

In the heart of the Mâcon winegrowing region, South of Burgundy, the two villages Viré and Clessé form a unique “terroir” on slopes facing South-East. The vineyards here have soils rich in clay, chalk and marl. 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 which convey to the wine a specific minerality.

 

This is one of the best white wines of the region combining suppleness and minerality. After a very cold winter and a cold spring, the weather at the start of summer 2012 was quite demanding. The harvest commenced early September under a bright sunshine. The combination of all those climatic factors has engendered a significant drop of the yields but quality is there. Meticulous vinifications have produced very pure white wines with beautiful aromas.

 

Chanson Père & Fils is one of the oldest of Beaune’s great négociant houses.  Though modest in size, Domaine Chanson has been hand-crafting exceptional wines for over 250 years, having been founded in 1750 and subsequently taken over by the Chanson family (already vineyard owners in Beaune, Savigny and Pernand) during the 19th century.

 

In 1999 the company was sold to Bollinger, and after some shrewd land purchases, Chanson's unique Domaine in the heart of Burgundy now comprises 45 hectares of vineyards, located entirely in the Côte de Beaune and exclusively in Premier and Grands Cru appellations including Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pernard-Vergelesses and Corton-Vergennes. This area provides about a quarter of the company’s production which extends to Chablis, the Mâconnais and the Beaujolais.

 

Président Gilles de Courcel who was appointed by Bollinger to run the business in 2002, Winemaker Jean-Pierre Confouron and their team have made considerable improvements over the years, beginning in the vineyards which are now ploughed and no longer fertilised. From 2009 the Domaine vineyards were all declared organic.

 

With a profound passion for Burgundy's finest appellations, the current team gracefully express the specific terroir of each parcel of land. The company has kept its old headquarters and in the purest of Burgundian tradition, ageing of wines in oak barrels takes place in Chanson's own Bastion; a late medieval stone tower which was once one of Beaune’s principal fortifications and which shelters the wines throughout the maturation process.

 

See more at www.vins-chanson.com

Country Of Origin: France

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