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Domaine Chanson Mercurey Red 2018

24,50 €

One of the great historic producers of Burgundy, 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. 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,...

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Dry Sweet
Un-oaked Oak aged
Light Full-bodied
Drink now To cellar
Producer Producer: Domaine Chanson
Country: France
Region: Bourgogne - Côte Chalonnaise
Appellation: Mercurey
Grapes Pinot Noir (100%)
Aging 18 months in French oak barrels
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 12%
Bottle Size: 75 cl
Harmonizations Red or white meat, and a wide variety of French cheeses
Ideal Temperature: 14º to 16ºC

The history of Chanson is closely tied to the history of France. It perfectly reflects the evolution of the country through 260 years of existence. Every men or woman who proudly beared the colours of Chanson over centuries shared and still share a profound respect for the earth, the vine and the wine.

La tour des filles” or “Bastion de l’Oratoire”, currently the property of Domaine Chanson, was built on the old battlements of Beaune, constructed by the first dukes of Burgundy. From the mid 15th century, Philippe le Bon requested that the fortifications be maintained and developed.

Burgundy, under the reign of Charles le Téméraire, last Duke of Burgundy, surpassed the kingdom of France through its surface area and its power. This situation conferred a strategic place upon Beaune, then capital of Burgundy, raising the interest of neighbouring regions.

At the death of Charles le Téméraire, the 29th of January 1477, the states of Burgundy and particularly Beaune join his daughter, Marie de Bourgogne. Indeed, the wealthy people from the town centre and unruly winemakers of the area didn’t want to be reattached to France, and refused to obey Louis XI. However, one year later, after violent repressions, Louis XI took possession of Beaune. From then, Beaune is only a few kilometres from the boarders of a newly expanded Kingdom.

This strategic position commits the King to build and fortify harder the current battlements. Not only to repulse the enemy but also to subdue, just in case, the lovely population of Beaune still disobedient. As a result, “La Tour des Filles” was built between 1519 and 1524.

By then, the growing of vine was already established in the region and fully contributed to the local economy.

Two centuries later, with the development of trade, wines Houses naturally appeared. Under the reign of Louis XI, Simon Verry founded a House of burgundian wines and was allowed by the city to use the “Bastion de l’Oratoire”, clear of weapons and other objects witnessing the military history of the structure, to shelter his wines.

In 1790, Bastion 8-metres thick walls protect over 10 000 bottles of wine.

In the middle of the 9th century, while the Empire reached its end, wine trading is in full expansion. Alexis Chanson, then headmaster of the House, built two more levels to the structure which had become too small to welcome all the wines. In 1826, the Bastion reached its final shape.

Today the 4 different levels, are entirely dedicated to wine ageing. The first three levels for red wines, where each floor is destined for a vintage. The fourth floor, is dedicated to white wines.

If “La Tour des Filles” owes its existence to the protection of a town and a power, it owes its survival to the protection of wine.

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