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Givry


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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.

History

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.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

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.

Subregions

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.