We’re often apprehensive when a new generation takes over a domaine. Young winemakers often implement needed modernization, but sometimes get caught chasing trendiness. No winemaker in our portfolio has more expertly balanced these impulses than Gautier Desvignes.
The transformation chez Desvignes has not gone unnoticed. Vinous’s Neal Martin recently found Gautier’s wines “really quite superb.” And the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley named Gautier one of the region’s “five rising stars,” advising “importers looking for a potential future star should beat a path to his door.”
Our customers have thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of Gautier’s winemaking renaissance. His 2018 village Givry is as good as entry level red Burgundy gets, and has been charming people through our Zoom tastings this month.
But the wine that shows just how far Gautier has been able to push his terroir is his Givry 1er cru “Clos Charlé.” The 2018 is dark, bold, and classy — the nose shows stewed red fruits, with cassis and violets. The mouth shows plum, toast and earth, with beautiful fine-grained texture.
In short, this is proof that seriously good red Burgundy can be found outside the Côte d’Or. Givry continues to be a real source of value, and the wines continue to get better.
Desvignes Givry 1er “Clos Charlé” 2018
bottle price: $38
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