Domaine Chanson

Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2018

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

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Chanson owns a vineyard of 5.4 hectares in Premier Cru “Les Vergelesses.” The plot is located in a hollow at the bottom of the hill of Corton and its clay and limestone sol combination gives wines a very specific structure.

VINEYARD

Chanson owns a vineyard of 5.4 hectares in Premier Cru “Les Vergelesses.” The plot is located in a hollow at the bottom of the hill of Corton and its clay and limestone sol combination gives wines a very specific structure.
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil: Clay and limestone

WINEMAKING

The wine is for the most part left alone, as the philosophy is one of “infusion rather than construction.” The wine is vinified 100% whole cluster to extract a deeper color and enhance the structure and aromatic complexity. The major condition is that the grapes must be perfect in terms of ripeness and condition. 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, which is why grapes are chilled immediately on arrival in a proprietary tunnel that provides a very quick chill with no oxygen exposure. Reds then get a long cold soak and maceration. Then, Champagne-style fractional pressing is practiced to gently extract the purest juice. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel on the fine lees with no batonnage. Oak is used conservatively, aging for only 14-18 months in casks.

VINTAGE

Jean-Pierre Confuron, Chanson’s winemaker, describes the 2018 vintage as follows: “an extraordinary vintage in every sense. The growing season veered from too wet to too hot and finally too dry, which made deciding when to pick a real challenge. We ultimately decided to begin on the 1st of September with our domaine vineyards. Yields were quite variable though overall quite good and potential alcohols were also varied at between 13 and 14.5%. As we usually do, the vinifications were done using 100% whole clusters for all the wines, save for the Nuits villages because it was hailed on, and thankfully, there were no difficulties with stoppages.”

Overall we can say that the wines produced in 2018 express the richness and pleasantness of the vintage while keeping the elegance and the balance that Domaine Chanson is known for.

TASTING NOTE

Dark ruby. Fragrances of violet mixed with aromas of ripe dark berries and hazelnut and spices. Complex, well-structured. Muscular tannins. Outstanding finish with a hint of minerality.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Appellation

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

Alcohol

14%

Suggested Retail Price

$67.99

Reviews

"Equally serious, dusty and austere"

Wine Enthusiast - "The color is opaque, and the gently oaky and very ripe nose is composed of cassis and black cherry liqueur. I like the sense of underlying tension to the well-detailed and evidently mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess an equally serious, dusty and austere finale where a hint of bitter cherry pit character slowly emerges."

Trade Materials

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