2009 Domaine Michel Sarrazin Givry Champs Lalot Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote Chalonnaise
Country: France
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$26.95
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Winery Notes:
Grape varietal:
100% Pinot Noir.

Vinification:
100% new oak for 12 months in large 500 liters wooden vats.

Production:
8,000 bottles of Champs Lalot Vieilles Vignes and 100,000 bottles total production Michel Sarrazin.

The Domaine:
This centuries-old domaine, founded in 1671, is located in the picturesque village of Charnailles, near Givry, amid rolling hills and winding roads in the southern part of Burgundy. Michel Sarrazin took over from his parents in 1964 and the domaine is now run by his two sons, Guy and Jean-Yves.

Though the appellations of this part of Burgundy do not have the pedigree of vineyards located farther north in the Côte de Beaune, the terroir can be very rewarding if treated with TLC. This domaine is a case in point -- through very attentive work in the vineyards, harvest and vinification by specific vineyard, the exclusive use of new French oak, and respect of the terroir, Guy and Jean-Yves maximize the potential of each appellation they own.

Besides this seductive Bourgogne blanc, they also have a delicious Bourgogne rouge, and several Givry. Both colors are represented in Givry: white, with village Les Grognots, first cru les Pièces d'Henry, and Les Champs Lalot Blanc; and red with first cru Les Grands Pretants, first cru La Grande Berge, Sous la Roche, the first cru Les Bois Gauthiers, and Les Champs Lalot. Additionally, the domaine offers a Maranges white and a very special Maranges red. They have also recently purchased a vineyard in Mercurey whose vines make a superb red wine, as well as vineyard in Rully, which allows them to offer a very good Rully blanc (which will remain nameless), without forgetting their excellent Crémant de Bourgognes, both blanc and a rosé of 100% pinot noir. Last but not least, we recently starting working with their fantastic Bourgogne Aligoté, the likes of which you are not likely to have seen before.

Food:
This is Pinot Noir at its most versatile, as this Givry will be at ease with any grilled meat, red or white, but also with salmon, tuna or swordfish, without forgetting cheese and fresh bread. It will grace a Fourth of July barbeque as well as a romantic dinner for two.