[ 2012 Chanson Corton Grand Cru ]
[ Why We Love It: ]
There are few – if any – wines made anywhere on earth that are more scarce, sought after and rewarding than a Grand Cru Burgundy. Since its acquisition by the famous family wine company Bollinger (of Champagne fame), Chanson has been on an exciting and accelerated quality trajectory. Thoughtful Sommeliers and serious wine collectors are gravitating to the house style at Chanson: serious structure, freshness, elegance, minerality and cellaring potential.
Now to be clear, Chanson hasn’t reinvented the wheel by emphasizing these qualities – they’ve simply redoubled their efforts to protect the classic virtues that have always been a part of this history steeped wine region. While some of their neighbours have been looking for ways to make their wines more “New World-ish” (i.e. to spin out Pinot Noir from Burgundy that taste more like Shiraz from Australia) Chanson has embraced the classics virtues – and I for one am glad they have.
In a world overwhelmed by an increasingly homogeneous line-up of generic and uninteresting wines, Burgundy has always been an outsider; you quiet and intellectual cousin who stands apart from the rest of the crowd at wine family functions. Burgundy is a wine that takes more than one or two sentences to explain and demands some time in the cellar before consumption. These factors have meant that it never really fit in to a world of 10-second news-bites and an increasing demand for instant gratification.
[ Recipes & Food Pairings: ]
Duck Breast, Shaved Asparagus & Blackberries – RECIPE
Pork Tenderloin w/ Sage & Mushrooms – RECIPE
Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin w/ Red Wine-Butter Sauce – RECIPE
[ Price: ]
[ Technical Specs: ]
Case Pack: 6 x 750mL
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
[ Tasting Notes: ]
“Chanson has upped its game in recent vintages and is now one of the best negociants in Burgundy. This is made with purchased grapes, although there is a good measure of control over the vineyards. It’s a sappy, appropriately wild Corton with the backbone and acidity that’s typical of the Grand Cru balanced by succulent fruit sweetness.”
95/100 Points – Tim Atkin, Master of Wine (Burgundy Report)