Beaune, Clos des Marconnets, 1er Cru, 2005, Domaine Chanson
Sub Region: Beaune
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
£42.99 Inc. VAT
Conceived under Louis XI and completed under François 1er, the medieval Bastion at the heart of Domaine Chanson, and indeed Beaune, is dedicated wholly to the ageing and safeguarding of wines from Chanson’s 45 hectares of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. The four storey high structure, with 8-metre thick walls, provides an exceptional atmosphere for the maturation of fine Burgundian wines, maintaining a constant level of temperature and humidity. Known as ‘Le Bastion de l’Oratoire’, it is one of five such buildings still present in Beaune, and has been in constant use since Domaine Chanson was founded in 1750. This remarkable edifice reflects the intention of Chanson to do their utmost to preserve winemaking traditions of the region, allowing wines of the purest Burgundian spirit to be made. Respecting the vine at every stage of the winemaking process is paramount for winemaker Jean-Pierre Confuron, as it allows for the most precise expression of terroir possible. Practices such as plot selection, yield control and short pruning are followed by hand harvesting and sorting, then soft pressing for the whites and whole bunch maceration for the reds. Yet, with tradition must come progress, and Chanson also look to the future. The Bollinger family took ownership of the Domaine in 1999, and marked improvements in quality and appreciation of the wines have resulted from their investments. A modern winery was built in Savigny-lès-Beaune in 2010, where juice and grapes are transported by gravity, and precise plots of land are vinified separately, allowing more precision in the winemaking. New approaches to cooling the grapes on arrival at the winery also allow for longer alcoholic fermentation, in turn improving aroma, freshness and texture in the wines.
“Les Marconnets” are located in the Northen hint of the Appelation Beaune 1er Cru. The name of this vineyard refered to the german tribe “Marcomans”. Chanson owns 4 ha, i.e, 40% of the vineyard.
Harvest took place in the early days of September after a dry and very hot summer after a superb growing season – long and cold winter followed by a rainy and humid spring. Exceptional weather conditions for an exceptional vintage. Full maturation of the grapes and good concentration. Aging in oak cask during 15 months.
Deep ruby colour. Intense aromas of ripe red berries of cherries mixed with spicy nuances and enhanced by a hint of vanilla. Generous, dense and well-balanced. Very pure fruit. Subtle oak and well-shaped tannic structure. Delicious finish.
Beautiful red colour, a wine of great style. The colour is the result of whole bunch fermentations and cultivated tannins. More spice and body than the Bressandes, but just as fine. »
LE GRAND GUIDE DES VINS DE FRANCE 2008
Refreshing aromas of raspberry and cherry. The palate offers lovely fruit, good volume and fine grained tannins. A well-crafted wine structured in a gourmet style.”
BOURGOGNE AUJOURD’HUI – Octobre 2008
A model wine for its terroir character and its tannic structure. The Company which was struggling has been
bought over by Bollinger and the changes are very noticeable. The tasting panel was very impressed by this
wine with its beautiful texture and multiple facets. »
DER FEINSCHMECKER – Décembre 2008
Oaky, elegant, round, refined, dense. Long and velvety tannins. A lot of character and well-defined fruit. »
LE POINT – 22 Mars 2007