Givry Rouge “Heritage”
Pinot Noir from 30 year old vines. This cuvée comes from several sloping, amphitheater vineyards in Russilly on limestone-clay soils with southeast exposures. Unusual for the region, the vineyards for this cuvée are on the protected middle and upper slopes where the temperatures are highest throughout the day, giving the fruit extended opportunity to ripen. At harvest, the grapes are meticulously sorted using a new optical sorting machine and then moved by gravity feed to the cellar. The fruit is 100% de-stemmed and given 5 days of cold maceration, after which fermentation begins at controlled temperature, not exceeding 28C. Jonathan, like Denis before him, prefers periodic light foot-treading to crush the grapes. He then circulates the juice over the cap of skins once per day (remontage). One-half of the cuvée is aged in 228 litre oak casks (15% are new and the oldest are 3 years of age) and the balance is matured in concrete tanks. The parts are assembled in July and bottled before the next harvest.
The Givry Rouge Heritage is packed with bright, succulent and spicy dark cherry and plum fruit and is ready to enjoy upon release. About 1750 cases are produced annually.
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.