"We wanted to establish ourselves in another great wine region other than Champagne or the Loire," said Arnaud d'Hautefeuille, CEO of Societe Jacques Bollinger. "We felt that there were certain points in common between the region of Champagne and Burgundy, such as a similar climate and the same grape varieties. It was an opportunity to be seized."
Since its creation, in 1750, Chanson Pere & Fils has acquired 88 acres of vineyards around Beaune -- including Clos des Feves, Clos des Mouches and Bressandes -- and in the villages of Savigny-les-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses.
Chanson's family board decided to sell its entire stake this year. The house has been managed since 1966 by two brothers, Francois and Philippe Marion, who will remain at the company for a short transition period into 2000.
D'Hautefeuille said Bollinger "will bring a new angle to Chanson -- not in terms of winemaking, as we need to learn about Burgundy -- but in terms of international marketing and in developing the identity of the house."
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