France_Burgundy_Cote Challonnaise_Givry

Givry is a region of great value, but the prices have snuck up in recent years. Considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Cote Challonnaise because when it delivers it can give its more costly neighbors up north a reality check. Givry is the smallest appellation in the Challonnaise and actually had the worst reputation for many years. In the past 30 years though it has experienced something of a renaissance due to a younger generation of winemakers, replanting and better vineyard management. The grape breakdown is about 90% red and 10% white. There are many great 1er Cru vineyards (27 in fact) and many of the best face south, such as the Clos Salomon. 

At their best the wines are silky and smooth and bursting with red cherry fruit. The minute amount of whites make wines that are crisp, acidic and spicy. Domaine Joblot is considered the best producer in the region but his wines tend to be very oaky. The wines generally retail between $20 and $60 a bottle. 

Notable recent vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999

Top Producers include:
  • Domaine Joblot
  • Francois Lumpp
  • Clos Salomon
  • Domaine de la Ferte
  • Domaine Danjean-Berthoux
  • Vincent Lumpp