Many of our winemakers are multi-generational, with some domaines stretching back for centuries. We’re always slightly apprehensive when a new generation takes over. Some try too hard to make their mark early, changing styles and abandoning longtime traditions. But at many domaines the younger generation arrives with modern techniques and a new energy.
Gautier Desvignes is in the latter category. In a few short years he’s transformed his quaint family domaine from traditional rustic Givry into some of the most popular wines in our cellar. Last year Vinous discovered him, and described his wine as “really quite superb.”
We’re excited to release Gautier’s most recent innovation: a new cuvée called “Le Vernoy.” It’s from a plot he planted six years ago with “pinot fin,” a rare, ancient clone of Pinot Noir. The clone is prone to millerandage (small berries), and produces smaller quantities but riper notes on the palate.
The 2016 Givry 1er cru “Le Vernoy” is the debut vintage for the cuvée, and we think it’s likely to become a favorite. The nose is very pretty, with bright fruits and notes of strawberry, violets, and earth. The mouth is intricate and delightful, “light on its toes” as Neal Martin puts it, with very fine tannins and a pleasant clean finish. If your idea of Givry is rustic and hearty, this should cause an expansion of your definition.
We thoroughly enjoyed this with soup and a salad recently, but for an upgraded pairing try this recipe for Veal Medallions with Almonds and Figs.
Desvignes Givry 1er “Le Vernoy” 2016
bottle price: $32
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