Vigneron: Gautier Desvignes took over his family domaine just a few years ago, but his arrival is already having an impact. He’s rebuilt his winery, replanted with new clones, and tightened up the fermenting and bottling regime. In the last two years Vinous and the Wine Advocate have arrived, calling his wines “superb,” “succulent,” and one of the region’s “five emerging talents to watch.”
Appellation: Gautier believes his family’s terroir in Givry is undervalued. For centuries the vignerons of the Côte Chalonnaise planted for quantity over quality. Today a new generation of winemakers has begun to replant and implement modern winemaking, and the power and subtleties of Givry’s terroir has emerged.
Wine: Perhaps no wine in the Desvignes lineup has improved more than their village-level Givry. In 2018, the richness of the vintage pushes the wine to new depths, matching beautifully with Gautier’s deft touch. It’s delicious today, showing cherries, roses, briary berries, and earth. The clean, fine tannins present the young Pinot fruit with precision and grace.
Pairing: A bistro classic — Skirt Steak and Cold-Oil Fries
Desvignes Givry 2018
bottle price: $29
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