The Pernand-Vergelesses AOC
is a village appellation of the Côte de Beaune in the Côte-d'Or. The production area is restricted to the commune of Pernand Vergelesses. Besides three Grands Crus, it includes 8 climats classified as Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru: Sous Frétille (whites only), Clos Berhet (whites only), Clos du Village (whites only), Creux de la Net, En Caradeux, Ile des Vergelesses, Les Fichots, Les Vergelesses.
The Pernand-Vergelesses and Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru vineyards cover about 130 hectares at altitudes of 250-300 metres. Most vineyards face due east and south, while some are northeast-facing. On the lower slopes, the vineyards lie on clay- limestone soils mixed with "chaillots" (flinty residues from siliceous limestone). These soils are loose, rich in potassium and phosphoric acid. Mid-slope, the pebbly limestone soil suits the Pinot Noir. At the foot of the slope, the brown or yellowish marly soil is home to the Chardonnay. The subtleties of this terroir are well mastered by Domaine Chanson Père & Fils
The Pernand-Vergelesses and Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru wines are red made from the Pinot Noir and white made from the Chardonnay, the two major grape varieties of Burgundy. The reds display a dark ruby hue flecked with strong crimson highlights. On the nose, the wine opens with strawberries, raspberries and violets. The wine takes on undergrowth and spicy aromas with age. The whites display a white gold or pale yellow hue turning to darker gold with age. Over time, the aromas of white flowers evolve into amber, honey and spices.