Givry AOC: one of the jewels of the Côte Chalonnaise
Between the famous Côte de Beaune and Mâconnais, this narrow vineyard also offers high quality wines. In the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, Givry plays a major role in the reputation of the area. Here, the pinot noir is sublimated through red wines of appellations Villages and Premier Cru. The whites are not to be outdone, although still confidential. In Burgundy, the Givry AOC wines are well worth the diversions and give you the opportunity to taste an exceptional vineyard. King Henri IV, and many other sovereigns and popes, had already made Givry his favourite wine. Will it be yours too?
General presentation of the appellation
The Burgundy vineyard is divided into several entities. Givry belongs to the Côte Chalonnaise, a narrow vineyard that stretches on either side of Chalon-sur-Saône. Five Villages appellations are produced on this land: Bouzeron, Mercurey, Rully, Montagny and Givry.
The Givry appellation area is mainly located in this commune in Saône-et-Loire; it also includes Dracy-le-Fort and Jambles. The 265 hectares or so of vineyards are mainly devoted to Pinot Noir, a grape variety that finds here a climate and soils favourable to its development. A few parcels are however dedicated to Chardonnay.
The AOC Givry has 38 Climats classified as Premier Cru. Among them, we can mention Les Bois Chevaux, Servoisine, La Brûlée, Clos du Cellier aux Moines, Clos Marceaux, Clos Salomon or Clos Jus. The Givry Premier Cru represents nearly half of the vineyard.
Characteristics of Givry
A brilliant carmine or purple colour characterises the red Givry. Their bouquet is composed of violets and red and black fruits such as strawberries and blackberries. It can be enhanced by notes of liquorice, spices such as cloves and game. Givry AOC red wines have an ageing potential of 4 to 8 years.
If the reputation of Givry is essentially based on its red wines, its white wines are also charming and their production tends to develop. These whites are quite powerful, with a nice balance. Their colour is limpid and lively, a seductive light gold. Honey and lemon aromas dominate, as well as nuances reminiscent of lilies and lime blossom. Toasted dried fruits, such as hazelnut, sometimes emerge with time in this fine bouquet.
How to enjoy a givry
With its delicate aromas, a red wine is recommended to accompany fine charcuterie, terrines, pies and other pâtés. Givry wines are also recommended to all meat lovers who wish to enhance the flavour of fine beef and roast poultry with a red wine. Finally, it reveals the sweetness of Bries de Meaux, Camemberts and Reblochons. To serve, prefer a temperature of between 16 and 18°C.
As for white wines, they are renowned for being a good match for fish in a light sauce, such as pike with beurre blanc or cod with hollandaise sauce. They also accompany shellfish, white meats and cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire, Cantal or Maroilles. These wines are best served at a temperature of 11-13°.