Domaine Besson Givry 1er Cru “Le Petit Prétan” 2019


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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes: The Givry Premier cru rouge Le Petit-Prétan comes from a plot of 0.60 ha with an average age of 30 years. Located at the beginning of the slope, the clay-limestone soils contain a lot of iron oxide and are stony. Always endowed with beautiful fruit, the wine is structured by tight and deep tannins. The expression is persistent in an aromatic register of salivating fresh red fruits.

94 points “Editors’ Choice”, Wine Enthusiast: “Whiffs of smoke and charred cacao nibs accent piercing red-cherry and plum flavors in this intensely fruity yet nuanced red. A voluminous expression of a ripe vintage, it's a juicy wine approachable in youth yet maintains a freshness of acidity and a salty, mineral spine that's rejuvenating. The wine should approach peak by 2024 and hold well through 2029. 94 points.” –Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2022

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.