Rich, Woodsy New 2018 Premier Cru Red Burgundy from a “Future Star”

Gautier Desvignes is a rising star among Burgundian winemakers. Vinous’s Neal Martin recently found Gautier’s wines “really quite superb.” And the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley calls the domaine “very much a Côte Chalonnaise address to watch,” and advises that “importers looking for a potential future star should beat a path to his door.”

We’ve just gotten our first look at the 2018 Givrys from Desvignes, and they’re simply delicious. A warm summer resulted in wines with rich, mouthfilling textures built on a sturdy foundation of delicious tannins and bold, distilled fruit. These are no shrinking violets — the concentration and balance in these wines will stop you in your tracks.

Gautier Desvignes has transformed his humble family domaine into an impressive operation — new cellars, new tanks, replanted vines, hand sorting, ambient yeasts, etc. He’s also managed to join the family business for a string of particularly attractive vintages in Burgundy. We’ve been fans of his wines for over a decade, but they get easier to sell every year.

Desvignes Givry 1er cru Grand Berge is rich and muscled, with rich, palate-coating notes of plum and earth. Look for notes of dried roses and earth in the nose, alongside fine-grained tannins and a clean, polished finish. This is Givry with extra punch and depth — serve it in a decanter and your guests will swear it’s from the Côte d’Or.


Desvignes Givry 1er “Grand Berge” 2018
bottle price: $32

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