New Weeknight Red Burgundy: Dense, Exuberant Pinot Noir. $25

Rugged.  Burgundy is best known for its wines of refinement and elegance. The delicate, often ethereal Pinot Noirs from towns like Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny are known the world around for their beauty and uniqueness. But there’s a whole other world of red Burgundy south of the Côte d’Or.

The red Burgundies of the Côte Chalonnaise are less serious and less expensive, but no less Burgundian. They capture the region’s friendly, welcoming spirit, trading elegance for rusticity, and polish for vigor. Today’s wine, a 2014 Givry 1er cru, perfectly embodies this amiable side of Pinot Noir.


Tasty.  The Domaine Desvignes is a small, family-run operation in the heart of Givry. Twenty-something winemaker Gautier Desvignes has recently taken over, and the wines improve each year. The 2014 Givry 1er cru “Clos Charlé” is charming, combining the a bit of the exuberance of neighboring Beaujolais with the refinement of northern Pinot Noir.

After a half-hour in a decanter this wine is hard to put down. The nose shows dark plum jam and beautiful complexity — look for pan drippings, mushrooms, and earth. The mouth is lively and smooth, with great density, and a long, clean, cherry compote finish.

If you’re a fan of red Burgundy and like to drink Chambolle every night, give us a call — we can help. But for everyone else, we submit this as a delicious and affordable weeknight red Burgundy.


DESVIGNES Givry 1er cru “Clos Charlé” 2014
Ansonia Retail: $30
case, half-case: $25/bot




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