The Chofflet-Valdenaire estate 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 been in their family for over 100 years. Since 1996, the estate has been run by Denis Valdenaire, son-in-law of Jean Chofflet. Denis produces three deliciously fruity red Givrys: the Givry Rouge AOC, 1er Cru Clos Choue, 1er Cru Clos Jus – and a small amount of rarely seen Givry Blanc.
Farming practices: Denis Valdenaire has been dedicated to sustainable farming for over 20 years and was an early devotee of culture raisonnée practices. Valdenaire prunes 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 most of his vineyards to break up surface roots and train the vine’s roots to penetrate deeper.