A list of Givry 2012 tasted in the town of Givry during their April ‘fest’.
Given the massively high quality of 2012 Bourgogne Rouge, I was interested whether something, of-forgotten, could compare. The average price of a Givry 1er Cru is about or lower than that of Bourgogne Pinot Noir from a well-known domaine. I still don’t think that you buy blindly, but there are some very good wines to find.
I made notes on 29 wines and then we took 3 to lunch with us!
All wines tasted in the order below:
A fine medium-plus colour. Fresh cherry on the clean and pretty nose. Silky, with a lovely acidity – rather moreish and mouth-watering. Super!
2012 Vincent Lumpp, Givry 1er Clos du Crais Long
A thump of lovely deep red fruit then it becomes more diffuse. Fresh and intense with a very good mid-palate flavour that offers more herbs and muscle.
The nose is narrow, but offers height and depth – there’s lovely fruit here with a floral dimension too. Fresh and shows beautiful definition. Overall, the palate is narrow but fine and long. A super, stony finish. Gorgeous wine.
Darker colour, darker fruit on the nose too with a little oak, graphite and spice. Rounder and fuller, more concentrated too. There’s a little oak-tannin texture as you head into the finish. Another super wine.
A round, charming, indeed refreshing nose. Lovely transparency, lightness and freshness – oh, and deliciousness!
A more intense nose with a hint more ripeness to the fruit. Fuller, rounder and more tannic. The fruit is super-tasty, almost hinting at volatile – yet, is simply gorgeous.
2012 Gérard Mouton, Givry 1er Les Grands Prétans
The nose is more airy and fresher – perhaps more mineral too. More structured, certainly but it’s lithe and ripe with a fresh, growing width. An extra dimension of flavour and a slow diminuendo. Lovely!
2012 René Bourgeon, Givry 1er Clos de la Baraude
Made with 100% new oak.
The nose is wide, a little padded and shows a faint spice. Silky with a hint of tannic drag on the palate. Fine, insinuating fruit with a small finishing bitterness – probably from the oak. Very good.
2012 Pierre Ducret, Givry 1er Clos Marolle
This smells a little fresher and certainly more interesting. Full, round, open and sweet-tasting. There’s a hint of something volatile in the mid-palate, yet, this is rather tasty!
2012 Davijean-Berthaux, Givry 1er Clos du Cras Long
There’s a hint of reduction and quite some oak impression too – but that could be reduction! Full, with good concentration and a growing intensity. Despite the overt notes of reduction, I quite like this.
2012 Davijean-Berthaux, Givry 1er La Plante
Richer and fuller, also with a little reduction. More lithe and linear with a growing fresh intensity. Mouth-watering – and that’s through plenty of tannin. Yum!
The nose has faint reduction but there’s good width. Wide and fresh in the mouth – delicious sweet fruit too. Much more direct in the finish, where there’s a little reprise of flavour too. Super Villages.
2012 Nicolas Ragot, Givry 1er La Grande Berge
The nose is wide and has a more obvious collection of herbs attached. Full and round with modest tannin. A good wine that’s obviously more complex than the last one, but less delicious and less ‘giving’.
The nose proffers high tones and herbs. Full, round, and then there’s a sudden burst of flavour in the mid-palate. More freshness and ultimate enjoyment. Super.
2012 Xavier Besson, Givry 1er Les Grands Prètons
A modest nose, but there’s some complexity and focus – fine! A big palate of round sweetness, packaged with ripe tannin. There’s a slowly lingering note following a nicely fresh mid-palate. Nice wine.
2012 Michel Sarrazin et Fils, Givry 1er Les Grands Prètons
The nose is modestly fresh, red-fruit and accented with a few herbs. In the mouth the fruit also holds good freshness, decent intensity of flavour with modest tannin. Nothing to dislike.