Marsannay is a village level located in the northern part of the Côte de Nuits a short distance of Dijon, the regional capital. Chanson works with 4 growers in Marsannay who farm 11 acres, and has made this appellation an intense focus because of the serious quality the wines can achieve when diligently approached, and the sheer pleasure they can offer. Chanson’s Marsannay always shows lovely red fruit and spice supported by a generous body and silky, refined tannins.
Marsannay is a village level located in the northen part of the Côte de Nuits a short distance of Dijon, the regional capital. Chanson works with 4 growers in Marsannay who farm 11 acres, and has made this appellation an intense focus because of the serious quality the wines can achieve when diligently approached, and the sheer pleasure they can offer. Chanson’s Marsannay always shows lovely red fruit and spice supported by a generous body and silky, refined tannins.
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, with no more than 30% for the reds. Aging took place in oak casks for 14-18 months.
Spring started with warm temperatures but cooler weather in April calmed the evolution of the vines. May was rainy but the rest of summer was warm with some strong heat waves. However, a few thunderstorm episodes brought enough rain to allow the maturation of the grapes to continue. The harvest started in early September and the grapes had excellent sanitary levels.
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