2012 Burgundy (Bourgogne) En Primeur Offer

2012′s crop of burgundy is now available from Wrightson & Co. details are below, or simply click here to download the price list and order form.

2012 Harvest Report from Domaine Chanson

Low yields but exceptional quality

The 2012 vintage is the result of a very complicated and demanding year for the wine makers due to challenging weather conditions.

After a very cold winter and significant frosts in February, March saw very high temperatures which brought a fast bud break in the first days of April. Unlike March, April was gloomy and cold with two significant frosts which caused a lot of damage in the vineyards. The wet weather lasted throughout the whole flowering process bringing some disease. Two very violent hail storms in June made it even more difficult for the wine makers.

Fortunately, nice weather decided to settle at the beginning of August and the veraison started in plots with fewer grapes on the 12th of August and lasted around until the harvest with very hot temperatures in the second part of August.

One thing is certain, the bad weather conditions had the same effect on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the grapes were affected by millerandage and only the healthiest grapes were left on the vines.

The harvest started on the 17th of September at Domaine Chanson. When the grapes arrived at the winery we could confirm that the quality was there (healthy grapes, good maturity, good sugar level and acidity) however because of a limited number of grapes and significant millerandage the production was very small.

For the Pinot Noir grapes, the implementation of a new machine to cool the berries before ”encuvage” has played a decisive role in the winemaking, preserving the integrity of the grapes for the cold prefermentary maceration. As a result, the red wines are showing finesse, good freshness and depth.

Regarding the Chardonnays, the grapes were of high quality and slow pressing helped to collect the best juices. The wines are characterised by good balance and acidity that will soft en with time.

In summary; 2012 was an exhausting vintage for the wine makers but the final result reveals a lot of good surprises with both the red and white wines, however the volume will be very small, likely less than half the classic yield in Burgundy.

Wines Available

White Wines

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru
Drink 2015-2020
£189.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Fragrances of white flowers (Hawthorn, acacia) mixed with delicate lemon aromas. The attack is mineral. It is generous and unctuous with good acidity and density. Long and pure finish.

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Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru
Drink 2015-2020
£219.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Spicy cinnamon oak aromas with honeyed toffee-apple fruit underneath. Flinty, minerality, superb acidity, balance and length. Well structured and expressive.

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Meursault Perrières 1er Cru
Drink 2015-2020
£253.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Aromas of citrus fruit mixed with pear and fresh honey enhanced by a subtle minerality and a touch of vanilla. Well-structured and well-balanced, generous with a well-intregrated minerality and delicate oak note.

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Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
Drink 2015-2020+
£314.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Very pure floral fragrances (acacia) mixed with aromas of citrus fruit and vanilla enhanced by a beautiful minerality. Powerful and generous. Dense and well-structured. Well crafted aromatic combination supported by a good acidity and a well-integrated minerality.

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Red Wines

Cotes de Beaune

Beaune Teurons 1er Cru
£105.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Bright ruby with purple tinges. Intense aromas of red berries (raspberry and redberry) mixed with pepper. Well-balanced, generous and dense. Elegant oak note and good layer of tannins. Long aftertaste.

Beaune Clos du Roi 1er Cru
£111.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Intense aromas of red fruit (cherry) and liquorice mixed with a hint of chocolate and a delicate vanilla note. Generous, well balanced, concentrated. Outstanding aromatic combination. Tannins are well-integrated.

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Beaune Greves 1er Cru
Drink 2016-2022
£124.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Intense aromas of ripe strawberry and liquorice with a hint of minerality.

Well-structured and well-balanced. Very pure fruit. Delicate oak and well-
integrated tannins. Long and generous finish.

16.5 JancisRobinson.com

Beaune Clos des Feves 1er Cru – Monopole
Drink 2016-2025+
£182.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

A Chanson Monopole. Powerfully fruity aromas with blueberry and hawthorne. Lifted, almost floral perfume with a hint of cassis. Excellent extract with mouthfilling fruit and well integrated oak. The fine tannic structure suggests considerable ageing potential.

17.5 JancisRobinson.com

Corton Grand Cru
Drink 2016-2025
£220.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Violet aromas mixed with cherries. Complex with resonant flavours. Firm tannins. Crunchy and tight texture. Well-integrated oak note. Generous cassis fruit finish.

Cotes de Nuits

Nuits-St-Georges Les Chaines Carteaux 1er Cru
Drink 2016-2025
£186.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Bright ruby colour. Delicate notes of violet mixed with intense aromas of ripe plum and raspberry. Beautiful vanilla note. Dense and voluminous. Complex and generous. Elegant and delicate texture. Elegant tannins and well-integrated oak-note. Long and generous finish.

16.5 JancisRobinson.com

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Drink 2017-2025+
£510.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Intense aromas of preserved cherry and liquorice mixed with toasty nuances and coated with coffee. Beautiful vanilla note. Generous, dense and wellstructured. Powerful. Very pure aromatic combination. Beautiful oak note.

17.5 JancisRobinson.com

Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
Drink 2017-2025+
£622.00 IBD Price (6x75cl)

Intense aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, chocolate and leather. Voluminous, powerful, generous and well-structured. Very pure fruit and beautiful texture. Well-integrated oak and well-crafted tannins. Complex finish.

17.5 JancisRobinson.com

Terms & Conditions

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  1. All wines are available in limited quantities. We may well have to allocate stocks. These allocations are non-negotiable.
  2. All prices are quoted IN BOND DELIVERED although you may wish to buy the wines Duty Paid. If you request your wines to be delivered Duty Paid, Duty and VAT will be invoiced separately upon delivery at the prevailing rates.
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