I tried this wine with the Vincent Wallays, export director of Chanson, in Sydney in October 2022. It was one of my picks.
Notes from the estate:
Site: On the Mont Battois hillside, facing Beaune, the name "Grèves" derives from the sandy and gravely soil. Separated from the Clos des Fèves by a narrow path this Chanson vineyard covers 2 hectares
The Vintage 2020: After a very mild winter, spring arrived with warm temperatures in March which engendered a very quick and sustained growth of the vines. After a very short frost episode early May with no consequence in the vineyards, a mild weather with some rains settled down until end of June. Summer was punctuated in July by several and quite long heat waves. Vineyards with a clay soil were less affected by the low level of rainfalls during spring and by the summer heat. The harvest in Burgundy started around August 20, which was historically early for the region. At Chanson, they started on August 24 under a bright sunshine. 2020 red wines are generous, concentrated and beautifully terroir-driven.
Tasting: Bright garnet colour. Delicate floral fragrances mixed with aromas of ripe red berries (cherries, strawberries) on a hint of vanilla. Complex with a very pure fruit. Energetic with a lot of freshness. Tight and deep texture. Fine tannins. Long and elegant finish.
"Neat, composed, non-showy nose. Attractive stoniness and freshness with some fine tannin but there is energy here rather than just ripeness. Very juicy and fine-boned."
17/20, Jancis Robinson MW.
"Sandy, gravelly soil. Very pure and fresh, but also well structured, with a firm core covered by sweet cherry fruit. This has a chalky mineral undercurrent. Very expressive."
94/100, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak.