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2009 Givry, 1er Cru, Clos Salomon Domaine du Clos Salomon
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Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.
Givry is a small village in the Côte Chalonnaise region (the smallest of the five village-level AOCs), which is almost entirely dedicated to the creation of red Pinot Noir wines. The appellation does produce a small amount of Chardonnay white wines, but they only make up around 10% of the total output.
As with all Chalonnaise appellations, Givry does not possess any Grand Cru vineyards, however it does have a proportionally large number of Premier Cru vineyards: around a sixth of its 541 acres are designated Premier Cru.
In the last few hundred years Givry has enjoyed being the source of the preferred wines of King Henri IV, as far back as the 1500s. Although these days it does not command the same reputation as it used to, Givry’s red wines are often viewed as some of the best from the Côte Chalonnaise, and, despite its small size, in recent years Givry has been expanding more actively than any of the other village appellations.
Givry’s red wines exhibit quite rustic and yet fruity flavours, and tend to be lighter than the other reds produced in the Côte Chalonnaise and subsequently ready to drink sooner.