La Grande Berge vineyard is located on an eastern-facing limestone hillside where it gets plenty of sunshine in the southern part of the appellation. It has good drainage thanks to its stony soil. The 10-year-old, 20-year-old, and 40-year-old vines located on five small parcels are separately vinified then blended to create this premier cru. The southern part of the Côte Chalonnaise – and this plot in particular – produces a very aromatic wine characterized by its finesse and elegance.
Bright red garnet colour. The raspberry, blueberry, and cherry notes evolve towards undergrowth. In the mouth, an elegant, fresh, and supple consistency with fine tannins supported by skillful barrel aging. The terroir is revealed on the long finish.
Beef Tournedos, soft cheeses, grilled meat or meat with sauce.
Guyot pruning. Ecological harvest to choose the best positioned grape clusters and to limit moisture and pests. The domaine stopped the use of chemical pesticides more than a decade ago. Both mechanical and manual weeding. Manual harvest in all vineyards with selective sorting to keep only healthy and ripe grapes
15-day thermo tank vinification with a three- to six-day cold maceration before fermentation.Wine aged in oak barrels (30% new wood) for 12 months. Light gravity filtration during bottling
« 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 (cerise et framboise) à des notes chocolatées nuancées de vanille. L’harmonie est déjà là en bouche : une association idéale de richesse, de boisé et de fruité, portée par des tanins soyeux et une finale fraîche. Un Givry déjà charmeur en diable, qui vieillira bien. »
Coup de coeur, Millésime 2012, guide Hachette des vins 2015
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 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.
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