Domaine Chanson Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2016, Burgundy, France

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 and earlier. Chanson has been meticulously managed since 1999 to become one of Burgundy’s top estates. Briefly, Chanson owns 111 acres in Burgundy, 62 of which are in Beaune, including their monopole Clos des Fèves, and important holdings of Clos des Mouches and Corton Vergennes. They farm organically, and harvest all grapes and vinify all wines, both for their estate holdings and contracted vineyards. Requiring diligent viticulture and perfect ripeness, they vinify all whites and reds 100% whole cluster at their state of the art facility on the outskirts of Beaune. The 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches has a refined yet intense bouquet with billowing red cherry, crushed strawberry and blueberry aromas all neatly entwined with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, dense in the mouth with blackberry and spice and plenty of sous bois on the structured finish.