Grape Variety : Chardonnay
Soil : Clay and limestone covered with stones
Site : Chanson and the Hospices de Beaune are the major operators of this very small single vineyard located on a hump of the hill of Corton. The vineyard used to belong to the Count of Vergennes, who was counselor to Louis XVI and signatory for the Treaty of Independence with the United States of America.
The Vintage 2008 : After a very warm spring, the weather at the start of summer was quite demanding. It became fine again from the end of August with much sun and a north wind, which aided concentration of flavours. The harvest commenced in mid-September in perfect conditions under an Indian summer. Careful selection of grapes in the vineyard and winery with regular batonnage (stirring of the lees in the barrel) have produced very pure white wines, well-balanced with fantastic acidity. Aged in oak.
Tasting : Bright gold colour. Aromas of pale fleshed fruit (apple, pear), honey with a mineral note and a hint of vanilla. Beautiful structure and fine grained texture. Ample. Very pure aromas. Powerful and complex. Very precise acidity and well-integrated minerality. Subtle oak note. Long and generous aftertaste.
Food pairing : Seafood, foie gras, fish in a creamy sauce, crayfish. Particularly great with a selection of French cheeses.