Red Wine Domaine Chanson - Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru


Domaine Chanson - Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru
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One of the great historic producers of France, founded in 1750 and purchased by the Champagne Bollinger family in 1999, Chanson today is one of only six producers in Burgundy still remaining from the 18th century and earlier. Chanson has been meticulously managed since 1999 to become one of Burgundy’s top estates. Domaine Chanson's extensive holdings, and the extraordinary rigor and precision of their approach in the vineyards and cellars, result in wines of individuality and quality.


Savigny is a modest little village in the Cote de Beaune. The commune is known for being the most divided vignoble in Burgundy, with its 22 premier cru vineyards located on one of two sides - the Pernard side and the Mont Battois side. The premier cru of Dominode is the best Premier Cru of Savigny, mid slope, with a great clay and limestone mix. It is named after the latin "Dominus", "Vineyard of the Lord" - an indication that this area was formerly owned by the Lord of Savigny.


Chanson vinifies all their wines 100% whole cluster. They believe the complexity and structure of the wines is greatly enhanced, and the vinification process is improved. The major condition is that grapes must be perfect in terms of ripeness and condition. You can count on one hand the estates dedicated to whole cluster vinification in this manner. The reds have a perceptible style as a result: beautiful aromatics with complex spice complementing fruit on the nose and palate. Chanson also strives to maximize the preservation of fresh fruit characteristics. Grapes are chilled immediately on arrival in a proprietary tunnel they developed: a very quick chill with no oxygen exposure. Reds then get a long cold soak and maceration. And then they use Champagne-style fractional pressing: very precise pressings for the purest juice, with lots vinified separately in small tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel on the fine lees with no batonnage. This wine is aged in oak casks for 14 months.

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