Domaine Chanson En Primeur 2016
The 28th of November saw the 2016 Domaine Chanson En Primeur Tasting take place at Mentzendorff with Vincent Avenel, Domaine Chanson Managing Director and Mentzendorff’s Director of European Wines, Justin Liddle.
The general feedback regarding the 2016’s has been extremely positive with the reds in particular gaining a huge amount of interest. Chanson rate their reds as potentially outstanding, although unfortunately volumes are low due to the frost and hail experienced in some vineyards over the vintage. This year the wine selection has been slightly adjusted, we have introduced two new reds; Maranges 1er Cru La Fuissere and Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes, this is partly due to low volumes but also the outstanding quality.
The winter 2015/2016 was particularly mild (the warmest winter since 1880) and spring followed on the same path. Bud break arrived early: 15th April in Côte de Beaune and 17th April on Côte de Nuit. The wine growers had to face various meteorological events: storm, hail, light frost. However, the black frost that hit the whole of Burgundy at the end of April had a very severe impact on some villages of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
The weather in June was mild and rainy which engendered Millerandage; the summer was calm, very warm and very dry with a consequence: the lack of water slowed down the ripening of the grapes. The harvest started on September 20, 2017 with a small group of 10 people who harvested only the ripest plots. The whole team of 100 was fully operational on September 26; the harvest lasted 13 days.
The operations in the winery were intense and meticulous with a very strict control of the acidity for the white wines and long and careful macerations combined with very strict controls of temperatures for the reds to retain the delicacy and subtle character of this vintage.
The white wines differ depending on their geographical origin and meteorological conditions which prevailed in spring in each area. The Mâconnais wines are well-balanced with a well-shaped minerality. The wines of Chablis are tense and precise with a well-crafted acidity especially the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. In the Côte de Beaune, the whites are fleshy with a good texture. As for the reds, the quality is outstanding: they are dense, crunchy, deep with well-shaped and silky tannins and a velvety texture.
To sum up, the 2016 vintage had historically low yields in some appellations and specifically in Côte de Beaune, nevertheless the quality is exceptional.