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Domaine Chanson

Domaine Chanson

The Star Ledger's John Foy talks about select wines from Domaine Chanson.

article originally featured in The Star Ledger Dec 17th 2015

The Chanson family owned Domaine Chanson from 1750 until Bollinger Champagne bought it in 1999. My tastings of Chanson before Bollinger's ownership were not positive. So, an invitation from Cyril Delarue, of the Bollinger family, to taste the newest vintages of Chanson was accepted with hope and ended with surprise at Manhattan's Oceana restaurant.

The surprises began with the 2013 Chanson Vire-Clesse made from chardonnay and chardonnay muscat, a subvariety of chardonnay that gave this Macon region wine a vanilla and floral accent. It was perfect with Oceana's incredible apple and seafood risotto. Retail is about $19.

Next, was the delicious 2012 Chanson Beaune Bastion Premier Cru red wine. Notable winemaker Jean Pierre Confuron blended pinot noir grapes from Chanson's premier cru vineyards. Bursting with cranberry, strawberry and cinnamon aromas and flavors, its integrated tannins provided balance and a long, savory finish. Expect to pay about $49.

Either wine will please Burgundy devotees. Monsieur Touton in Manhattan distributes the Chanson wines.(Photo by John Foy)

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