Lying south of Rully and Mercurey, and northeast of the Montagny communes, Givry is located in a slightly less desirable part of the Côte Chalonnaise. The wine is made in the village of the same name, which is over 10 square miles and yields a whopping 541 acres. From this a little less than 120,000 cases each year are produced. Clearly, this is no Côte d'Or village, but instead concentrates on mass production. There are 26 Premiers Crus, but the title here is not really comparable to its equivalent in the Côte d'Or.
Quality isn't near that of the Côte d'Or, but in short, Givry can offer elegant yet perfectly powerful reds from the Pinot Noir grape, and occasionally a surprise from the Chardonnay grape. While Mercurey and Montagny nearby may offer better wines, Givry is a place for better values and a number of producers can be counted on here.
The history of the Givry village is long. Having been developed by Romans in prehistoric ages, it has many rustic old buildings and is considered a historical hub. The wine had been known since the days of King Henry IV, who listed it as his favorite, and it was no surprise when the village became recognized as an AOC in 1946. A complex Premier Cru system was also laid out, which uses a very different, less exacting methodology than Côte d'Or classifications.
Climate and Viticulture
Located slightly "off" the prime Côte Chalonnaise land, Givry showcases typical but not outstanding limestone soil, backed up by a bit of clay and marl in the good sites. Some vineyards are sloping and some flat; there isn't too much of a difference. Weather, as in all of Burgundy, is optimized for Pinot production.
- Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir in Givry usually makes up 100% of the cuvée, but blending of white grapes into the wine is allowed. Light, and with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and other red fruit, most of the Pinot Noirs are simple and reliable with enough concentration to be aged for up to 10 years.
- Chardonnay: Chardonnay in Givry, making up only 10% of production, has typical oaked Chardonnay flavors. Nutty and buttery, with a spicy edge, they should be drunk early.
Availability of these wines is a problem, as the appellation is fairly obscure. We have found five producers that we consider to be good for red wines. As for whites, anything with a rating will do, and it should be under $30.
- Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire: This domaine seems to have no use for Premier Cru wine. Their village wine is often under $25 and has a good pedigree.
- Domaine Joblot: One of the top Givry domaines, producing red and white wine of very consistent quality. Cellier Aux Moines is one of their common Premier Cru holdings, and Servoisine red is also common. Produced from walled parts of these Premier Cru vineyards, they have a bit more depth of fruit than your average Givry red and can age for longer. Unfortunately, the Premier Cru wines are often $50-$60, making the value questionable.
- Domaine Bruno Clair: Bruno Clair has many great Côte d'Or holdings and their consistency and value extends into the Côte Chalonnaise. All Givry reds are hard to come by, but typify the flavors of their appellation and have sufficient intensity.
- Domaine du Gardin: The monopole of the Premier Cru of Clos Salomon in Givry, reserved only for red wine production, has led to some great-quality stuff from Domaine du Gardin. Costing around $30, the nicely labeled wines offer Côte d'Or-like red fruit flavors with good depth. They can often age well for 5-8 years.
- Domaine Vincent Lumpp: Lumpp's Vigron Premier Cru, both white and red, offers good value for under $40.
Givry has 26 Premiers Crus, although the superiority of many over regular vineyards is questionable. A list follows, with a description of the more often used climats.
- A Vigne Rouge
- Cellier Aux Moines: A Premier Cru mostly used by Domaine Joblot; their cuvée here competes with their Servoisine but is expensive. Still, this is among the most complex cuvées in Givry.
- Clos de la Barraude
- Les Bois Chevaux
- Les Bois Gautiers
- Clos Charle
- Clos du Cras
- Clos Jus
- Clos Marceaux
- Clos Marole
- Clos St-Paul
- Clos St-Pierre
- Clos Salomon: This Premier Cru is a monopole of Domaine du Gardin. There are many variants, but the basic wine is the best, with much more depth and concentration than your average Givry and the ability to age well for up to a decade.
- Clos du Vernoy
- En Choue
- La Grande Berge
- Les Grandes Vignes
- Les Grandes Pretans
- La Paradis
- Petit Marole
- Le Petit Pretan
- La Plante
- Servoisine: Although expensive, Joblot's Servoisine reds display excellent complexity and are on a par with the Cellier Aux Moines.
- Le Vigron: Premier Cru wines, both white and red, from Vincent Lumpp, are interesting here.