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.