“Pure and Precise:” Gorgeous New $35 White Burgundy

When we first met Gautier Desvignes he was 12. We happened across the Desvignes family domaine in 1998, during our year spent living in Burgundy. Having been fans for over two decades, it warms our hearts to see the Propriété Desvignes begin to receive the acclaim it deserves.

Neal Martin of Vinous recently described their wines as having “wonderful balance,” calling them “excellent,” and “really quite superb.” The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley praised the Desvignes wines as “succulent,” “elegant,” and “a decided success.” He named Gautier, now the domaine’s thirtysomething winemaker, one of the region’s “Five Emerging Talents to Watch.”

We’ve imported almost exclusively the domaine’s reds in recent years, but in 2018 the whites were simply too good to pass up.

The Desvignes Givry blanc 2018 is truly elegant white Burgundy. Gautier has carefully layered subtle wood treatment atop a gorgeous array of fruit and flowers. The nose shows honey, pear, and spring flowers, with a hint of hay. The mouth is fresh, clean, long and complex — a powerful reminder that Burgundy’s fine terroir extends beyond the Côte d’Or.

The WA’s William Kelley called found notes of “pear, white flowers and blanched almonds,” calling it “pure and precise” and adding “it will drink well on release.” We agree, and expect this will make friends among fans of Santenay, Chablis, and Meursault.

Put potatoes and carrots in the base of a roasting pan, and roast a chicken on a Sunday afternoon. Pair it with this delightful white Burgundy and you’ll be in heaven.


Desvignes Givry blanc 2018
bottle price: $35

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