The Ragot family has been making wine in the Côte Chalonnaise since 1760. In 2002, Nicolas Ragot joined his father Jean-Paul, and together they decided to focus on quality. With the restructuring of the estate a new modern winery was built, as well as a barrel cellar in 2003. Vines from lesser quality vineyard parcels were pulled and re-planted. Since 2008, Nicolas Ragot has been running the family business on his own, the fifth generation in Givry. The estate’s vineyards, composed of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Aligoté are located exclusively in the Givry appellation. The 9 hectare domaine produces eight wines, out of which three are premiers crus.
The labour of the soil is the basis of all agricultural production and this work philosophy is very important at Domaine Ragot. The goal is to extract each vineyard parcel’s characteristics to better appreciate the flavours, first transmitted to the grapes and then to the wine. The measured extraction combined with a balanced aging ensures the expression of each terroir. Nearly three quarters of the estate’s vines are more than over forty years old, including some Chardonnay that is more than fifty. A regular partial renewal of the vines is done to maintain the specific characteristics of each vineyard.
« Une jolie matière aux tannins de soie sauvage, un fruit élégant, la finale est longue et légèrement poivrée. Un vrai premier cru. C’est l’élégance des Givry qui s’exprime » 16/20, Coup de Cœur, Millésime 2013, Guide des Vins Bettane et Desseauve 2016 « Ce vin grenat profond parsemé d’éclats rosés dévoile un nez intense qui mêle les fruits rouges...
The Côte Chalonnaise is like an extension of the Côte de Beaune but since the vineyards are at a much higher altitude the grapes often ripen later than in Côte de Beaune. As such the wines develop their own distinct expression. The Côte Chalonnaise produces both white and red wines and their character is a result of the particular soils and microclimates of the appellation. In the north the soils are calcareous and yield soft and elegant wines while in the south, parcels consist primarily of marl clay covered with sand that give more firmer and more structured wines.
Historically the Côte Chalonnaise was known for its Crémant de Bourgogne, but today its elegant still wines are just as renowned. The wines from this region are easy to drink and have a good level of acidity since it is a bit more difficult to reach full phenolic maturity than in Côte de Beaune. Because of their attention to detail and exemplary rigorous viticulture principles, the wine growers with whom we work deliver wines that offer a value for the money that is hard to beat for Burgundy.