“La Tour des filles “(Girls’ tower) is part of the 5 bastions still present in Beaune. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century and was named after women with loose morals who lived nearby. It was renamed in the meantime “Bastion de l’Oratoire”, because of the chapel adjoined. Used since the beginning of Domaine Chanson, the Bastion houses barrels where the wines of the domaine are aged.
Let’s go to the Bastion The spirit of the Domaine
A unique place
When Mars and Bacchus meet
The construction of this real defence tower was decided under Louis XI and achieved under François Ier. Built as a defence tower and classified as an historic monument with its 8-metres thick walls, it became the property of Chanson under the Revolution. The constant temperature and humidity guaranteed by its walls make it an ideal cellar.
Today on 4 different levels, the fourth built in 1826, the Bastion Chanson is entirely dedicated to wine ageing. The first three house red wines where each floor is destined for a vintage. As for the fourth floor, it accommodates white wines.
the living room
Roots that stretch over several centuries…
The History of Chanson is closely tied to the History of France. It perfectly reflects the evolution of the country through 260 years of existence. Every men and women who proudly beared the colours of Chanson over centuries shared and still share a profound respect for the earth, the vine and the wine.
… and going on today.
Vincent Avenel and Jean Pierre Confuron have a profound attachment to the Burgundy terroir. They share the same drive to defend the viticultural heritage of Chanson, whilst flying the flag high for the Burgundy region.
A partition played by 4 hands
After beginning is career in Bordeaux and the Loire, his passion for great wines naturally drew him to Burgundy where, over the course of fifteen years, he has been successfully involved in the development and renewal of many renowned Maisons in Beaune, Nuits Saint Georges and Chablis. In perfect harmony with the quality strategy which prevails at Chanson, he now breathes dynamic new life in the Maison, mixing audacity and a respect for tradition.
Jean-Pierre Confuron, recognized by his peers as one of the most talented oenologists of his generation, implements a disciplined and uncompromising vinification. In charge of vinifications and grapes purchasing, he only works with other winemakers sharing his philosophy and his deep respect of terroirs and vines. He leaves no room for approximation whether it is in the vineyard or in the cellar.
“Respecting the vine at every stage of its development allows us to obtain an expression of each terroir as precise as possible. Whether through ploughing, short pruning, de-budding, plot selection or yields control, every effort is made to extract the best of the vine.
This particular care in the vineyard also takes place during the manual harvest where grapes are picked at full ripeness, then sorted. At the cellar, white grapes are softly pressed out to obtain the best juice as possible. As for reds, they are put into vats in full bunches and start their maceration. Then, vinifications are submitted to the same rigour. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are aged in oak barrels in the purest tradition. “