Friday was devoted to one estate – Domaine Chanson.
Chanson are an extremely important negociant in Beaune and I have been dealing with their importer for a number of year.
I was therefore delighted to be able to organise a bespoke and private tour to the Bastion – one of five fortified buildings that protected Beaune in the Middle Ages.
We were hosted by Sales and Marketing manager Catherine Goutorbe who guided us expertly round the historic cellars and showed us the 8 metre thick walls that ensure a perfect temperature control.
We then tasted a superb selection of 10 wines that covered Chablis, the most northerly AOC, through to Pouilly-Fuissé in the far south. The tasting beautifully illustrated the subtle nuances from one area to the next and eminently reinforced the concept of terroir and its importance in understanding the region.A stunning buffet lunch was then taken in a beautiful dining room accompanied four magnificent 1er Cru wines that helped us to delve deeper into the wonderful expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.