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What is the Givry appellation?
Givry is a small village in the sub-region of the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy. It is one of the five communal titles of the Chalonnaise and produces mainly red wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety. The relatively rare Givry Blanc wines of the appellation are made from Chardonnay and represent about 10% of the total production.
The Givry Premiers Crus
A significant proportion of Givry's vineyards are elected as Premier Cru. These are mainly located in the most refined terroir areas, on the southern and south-eastern slopes overlooking the village of Givry. There are about 30 wine-growing sites named Givry Premier Cru and their names can be added to the appellation on labels. As is the case in the neighbouring Montagny region, although to a lesser extent, this relatively large number of premier cru sites means that the importance of individual vineyard names is somewhat diluted.
Givry (along with Mercurey ) was once the epicentre of the Chalonnaise wine production. This appellation is reputed to be the source of the favourite wines of the French King Henri IV in the 16th century. Today, its wines are not as popular as those of the Côte d'Or (i.e. Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune). However, some of Givry's estates offer wines of similar style, while respecting the quality/price ratio of the Maconnais in the south.
Located in the centre of the Côte Chalonnaise, the Givry appellation (created in 1946) covers not only Givry, but also the communes of Dracy-le-Fort and Jambles. The total surface area of the vineyard is about 300 hectares, mainly planted with Pinot Noir. The vines grow in a variety of soils, including sandstone and clay-limestone. The best vineyards are on the limestone-rich south-facing slopes immediately west of the village of Givry. The altitude there varies from around 150 to 300 metres, with the highest vineyards often surrounding one of the many quarries that dot the local hillsides, revealing the structure of the soil. The climate around Givry is considered to be continental, with long, hot summers and relatively dry autumn months creating an excellent growing season and harvest. Although the area is supposedly warmer than the communes further north, the local topography and a slight elevation moderate the temperatures, allowing the wines to retain a certain freshness.
Our advice from Givry producers
You will be able to discover on Comptoir des Millésimes several producers of this small appellation of Burgundy which is worth the journey for your most beautiful tastings. Here are some of the best producers of Givry: Domaine Joblot, Domaine François Lumpp, Domaine du Celier Aux Moines.