Givry Blanc 1er Cru – Les Galaffres
Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire cultivates about half of the 3 hectare Givry Blanc 1er Cru Les Galaffres vineyard. It is located next to the Clos de Choue in Russilly and the vines are 40 year old. The exposition is due south with a mix of limestone and white clay for the soil, making it ideal for Chardonnay. Denis Valdenaire harvests his white grapes after the reds. He gently presses the grapes for two hours to ensure that the juice is as clear as possible. Fermentation occurs in tanks for 90% of the harvest, while 10% is vinified in new barrels. The young wine develops in tank on its lees and is assembled with the barrel-aged portion in June, after the malolactic fermentation finishes. The Givry Blanc 1er Cru les Galaffres is then lightly filtered by diatomaceous earth and fined with bentonite clay before bottling in August. 320 cases are made.
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.