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Dom. Ragot Givry Vielles Vignes 2015

Pinot Noir from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    This wine is powerful both in its color and in its aromas of black fruits and spice. On the palate, it has good tannic structure and offers notes of blackcurrant and blackberry.

    Pair with roast beef, grilled cutlets, and rumsteck.

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    Domaine Ragot Givry

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    Domaine Ragot Givry, Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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    The Ragot family have traced their wine growing history back to 1760 when Gabriel Ragot tended vines in Mercurey. About a century later, Louis Ragot established a property in Givry. There he not only grew grapes, but also a number of different crops and raised livestock. Two centuries after the Ragot family began their winemaking, they chose to abandon their other sources of income and focus solely on their five hectares of grapes. By 1973, all of the production on the property, having grown to 7 hectares, was sold in bottle around France. The name of the domaine changed from Ragot Freres to Domaine Ragot, and was run by cousins Jean-Paul and Jean-Pierre Ragot.

    After Jean-Pierre's death in 1991, Jean-Paul took sole control of the property. His son Nicolas, after studying winemaking in Beaune, entered the society in 2002. Large investments were made in the winery and vineyards the next year, with new tanks and an underground barrel room constructed and certain non-productive parcels replanted. Jean-Pierre retired in 2008, leaving his son Nicolas in sole control of the domaine. Of course retirement doesn't mean much to a French farmer, and Jean-Pierre can still be found in the vines or the cave.

    Noted as the preferred wine of King Henry IV of the late 1500s—though maybe because his mistress came from here!—Givry is a top red wine-producing village in the Côte Chalonnaise.

    Its firmly structured reds, made exclusively from Pinot noir, also boast plenty of blackberry and strawberry fruit with supple tannins that benefit from about two to five years in the bottle. The robust fruit and firmness on the palate in a Givry red begs for dishes such as mixed charcuterie, braised veal, stewed poultry or roasted duck.

    Typical Givry whites have a fresh bouquet of lemon, lime, white flower licorice and can benefit and become softer with age.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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