Chanson - Vire Clesse2015
Wine Spectator 91
Very pure, this white delivers expressive aromas and flavors of peach, apple, spice and oyster shell. Lingers on the finish, with elements of spice and brown butter. Drink now through 2020.
by WS, Wine Spectator , 2017
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. Then Champagne-style fractional pressing is done: very precise pressings for
the purest juice, with lots vinified separately in small tanks. The wine is for the most part left alone, as the philosophy is one of "infusion rather than construction."
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.
Pale gold color. Very refreshing aromas of citrus fruit (grapefruit) mixed with fresh honey enhanced by a hint of minerality. Well-structured and tense. Well-integrated acidity and beautiful minerality. Energetic aftertaste.
After a cold winter and a mild spring, the weather conditions in summer were perfect and allowed for a perfect maturation of the grapes. The harvest took place mid September under bright sunshine. The white wines have aromas of exotic fruit mixed with floral fragrances.
Vire-Clesse lies in the heart of the Macon winegrowing region, just south of the Cote d'Or. The two villages, Vire and Clesse, form a unique "terroir" on slopes facing SouthEast. In Vire, the soil is chalky with large layers of clay. In Clesse, the soil structure is slightly different, with a combination of chalk and clay mixed with liasic marls combined with oyster- fossils, giving the wine an underlying minerality. This is one
of the best white wines of the region, combining suppleness and minerality.