Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Localization: Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: This wine is beautifully made, you can just taste it. Something a bit complex in terms of aftertaste, but then the party begins: beautifully round and soft.
The Domain: Domaine Xavier Besson is a small estate in the appellation of Givry that has been family-owned for 4 generations. The vineyards are grown in clay soil, with a deep bedrock of limestone from vines that are 30 years old on average, with many vines above 50 years old. The fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts after a brief 3-5 day cold maceration. Aging takes place for 12 months in a combination of large 500L and traditional 228L barriques. The combination of old vines, conscientious vineyard work, and low yields, all contribute to the balanced wines that Besson produces. Farming from superb vineyards like ‘Les Grands Prétans,’ Besson always provides superb Burgundy value: concentrated and densely expressive with brilliant perfume, heady fruit, and a velvety mouthfeel.