Though modest in size compared to other négociants in Beaune, Chanson is one of the oldest which was founded in 1750 by Simon Verry. The Chanson family had already owned a domaine that included vineyards from Beaune, Savigny Lès Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses which had been integrated into the négociant business when they purchased it in 19th century.
In 1999, the company was sold to Bollinger who, in turn, hired Pommard-born Gilles de Courcel to run the business in 2002 following extensive business experiences in Champagne and Bordeaux (his family has owned and run the De Courcel domaine in Pommard for over 400 years). They also hired Jean-Pierre Confuron as winemaker whose family owns Confuron-Cotetidot in Vosne-Romanée and who had worked as a consultant for many domaines on the Côte as well as a teacher in oenology at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune.
They both have made considerable contributions to the quality of the wines such as carrying out more organic viticulture. Unusual for a négociant, most of their reds are produced with a higher proportion of whole cluster which they include for multiple reasons such as more complex aromatics and better temperature control.