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Domaine Chanson, Côte de Nuits Villages 2017

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
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This red Burgundy is a little star, made principally from bought-in grapes from the well-situated and unusually named Queue de Hareng (herring tail) vineyard in Brochon, which borders the excellent Gevrey vineyard Evocelles. Beautiful, sweet pinot fruit and silky tannins; not to mention excellent value for money.
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Code: BU71211

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 13% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Côte de Nuits

Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile...
Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy that mean more variation than in any other fine wine region.

The appellations that sit above the generic regional ACs in the hierarchy are Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Echézaux and Nuits-St-George. Côte de Nuits –Villages is made from grapes grown at either end of the Côte, where the soils and sites are less impressive. Gevrey-Chambertin is a complete and balanced wine, full and harmonious. Wines from Nuits-St-Georges are the most tannic and, like Pommards, need long maturation. For many Vosne-Romanée is the summit. Its wines have beautiful velvety palates: dense and soft, sensuous and tactile. Chambolle-Musigny is the lightest yet one of the most fragrant wines of the Côte de Nuits. It is perhaps Nuits's equivalent of Volnay; a pretty, fine boned wine with exquisite perfume and a silky palate.
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Maison Chanson

This historic Burgundy négociant and grower was founded during the reign of Louis XVth in 1750 and has been owned since 1999 by the world-renowned Bollinger family as part of the family Champagne group Societé Jacques Bollinger. Champagne Ayala, Langlois-Château in the Loire and Delamain in Cognac are all part of the group.

Chanson buy in grapes from excellent growers around Beaune but also vinify grapes from their own 45 hectares of Beaune vineyards, which make up a quarter of their needs. Grapes are picked parcel by parcel and remain in those parcels throughout the vinification process.

All harvesting is done by hand. Pinot noir is fermented in vats with a good proportion of whole stem bunches following a cold soak, which gives a pure, fresh and intensely aromatic character to the wines. Chardonnay is fermented in oak casks with the juice coming only from the middle of the pressing.

The winemaking takes place at a modern facility on the outskirts of town but some, along with oak ageing, takes place in a 15th century bastion containing up to 3,000 barriques in the north-west corner of the medieval walls of Beaune itself, where the company is headquartered. Bottling is done entirely by gravity.

The head winemaker is Jean-Pierre Confuron of Domaine Confuron-Cotédiot in Vosne-Romanée and the company was managed from 1999 by Gilles de Courcel who handed over to Vincent Avenel in 2017, The company’s interests extend as far as Chablis, the Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

Burgundy Vintage 2017

Reds: a year that will give enormous pleasure.

2017 produced exuberantly fruity wines with medium structure,
so that the aromas are not suppressed by their tannins. It was
potentially high yielding for pinot noir and the best growers
managed the yield and got ripe yet fresh grapes. The warm year
produced an early harvest which took place between 2nd and
15th September. A variety of red styles were made: the weather was good at vintage so there is a spread of picking dates. Some are fresh and bright, while the later-picked wines are rounder and sweeter.

Both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits were successful,
making wines that in style and quality surpass 2014, are riper than 2013 yet are lighter than the really concentrated and great 2016s and 2015s.

Whites: aromatic, ripe but fresh

Chablis: bright and fresh

The weather was coolest in Chablis, leading to bright and fresh
wines close to the great 2014s in style and character. In the last
fortnight of April frost ravaged the vineyards, reducing...
Reds: a year that will give enormous pleasure.

2017 produced exuberantly fruity wines with medium structure,
so that the aromas are not suppressed by their tannins. It was
potentially high yielding for pinot noir and the best growers
managed the yield and got ripe yet fresh grapes. The warm year
produced an early harvest which took place between 2nd and
15th September. A variety of red styles were made: the weather was good at vintage so there is a spread of picking dates. Some are fresh and bright, while the later-picked wines are rounder and sweeter.

Both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits were successful,
making wines that in style and quality surpass 2014, are riper than 2013 yet are lighter than the really concentrated and great 2016s and 2015s.

Whites: aromatic, ripe but fresh

Chablis: bright and fresh

The weather was coolest in Chablis, leading to bright and fresh
wines close to the great 2014s in style and character. In the last
fortnight of April frost ravaged the vineyards, reducing yield but
not affecting quality. Some premiers crus like Montée de Tonnerre and Mont de Milieu produced less than half a crop. The grands crus were partially protected by frost prevention measures.

Côte d’Or: excellent concentration and good structure.

Many vines here are low yielding due to coulure (poor fruit set
which reduces quantity, but not quality) and some heat stress,
which may have conserved acidity. The summer was warm and
so the moderate crop ripened quickly and was picked early at
the end of August or early September.
Mâconnais: very good wines from the best growers
It was warmest here and yields probably were at their highest,
yet the good producers controlled this and picked early to
preserve ripeness, making for very attractive wines.
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JancisRobinson.com

Glowing, shaded garnet. Served slightly chilled and what a difference that makes! Proper structure. How clever to head for this overlooked appellation vinified in good hands. Proper Nuits red burgundy...
Glowing, shaded garnet. Served slightly chilled and what a difference that makes! Proper structure. How clever to head for this overlooked appellation vinified in good hands. Proper Nuits red burgundy with a future. Just very slightly stewed fruit rather than brilliantly fresh, but still GV.
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