Givry Rouge 1er Cru – Clos Jus
Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire’s Givry 1er Cru Clos Jus comes from an east-facing hillside looking out to Chalon-sur-Saône. This ideal, sloping vineyard, with stony, red clay and limestone soil, was recognized as the finest hillside site in Givry before phylloxera. The entire slope was then abandoned, and only replanted in 1990. Yields are naturally low and the grapes are always small (due to millerandage), making for very concentrated fruit. The altitude is 245-280 meters. At harvest, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed and given 5 days of cold maceration before the start of fermentation at controlled temperature, not exceeding 28C. Denis Valdenaire prefers periodic light foot-treading to crush the grapes (done four times in 2014) and he pumps the juice over the cap of skins once daily. 100% of the cuvée is aged in 228 litre oak casks with 20% new and 40% each one and two year old. The Givry 1er Cru Clos Jus is assembled after 14 months of aging and bottled one month later. About 400 cases are produced annually.
This cuvée offers pronounced black-fruit taste, typical of the Côte de Nuits which caused the owners of the replanted vineyard to wonder about the Givry-ness of the Clos Jus after their first harvests. No living person ever having tasted a Clos Jus wine before. They have since learned to cherish the uniqueness of this site; indeed, in a recent comment on the Clos de Lambrays Grand Cru, the Revue du Vin de France remarks on how the Grand Cru’s “complex bouquet” recalls that of the “young and surprising Clos Jus of Givry.”
About the Producer
Domaine Chofflet is located in the hillside hamlet of Russilly, in the Givry appellation, at the center of Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise region. The 14-hectare estate has belonged to the Chofflet family since 1710. Denis Valdenaire, son-in-law of Jean Chofflet, managed the domaine from 1986 until 2018. Among Denis notable accomplishments was being part of the replanting of the Clos Jus vineyard 30 years ago. In 2017, his son in law, Jonathan Brunot , 32 years old, joined Denis for the harvest. He took the reins fully in 2018, following Denis’s retirement.
Jonathan changed the name of the estate back to its original name, Domaine Chofflet, and renamed the Givry Rouge AOC to Givry Heritage as a tribute to both Jean Chofflet and Denis Valdenaire. Three red Givrys - the Givry Rouge Heritage AOC, 1er Cru En Choué, 1er Cru Clos Jus - and a small amount of rarely seen Givry Blanc are produced.
Farming practices: Denis and now Jonathan have been dedicated to sustainable farming for over 30 years. Denis was an early devotee of culture raisonnée practices. They prune severely in the Spring to eliminate excess growth and thereby mitigate vine diseases, enabling him to limit treatments to the absolute minimum. The soils are plowed in all of the domaine’s vineyards to break up surface roots, train the vine’s roots to penetrate deeper and foster a healthy nature ambiance.