92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"It’s a drinker with subtle violet, strawberry and raspberry notes. Seasoned with cloves, forest floor, morels and licorice. The mouthwatering acidity keeps in all nicely packaged from start to finish. This cries out for food hearty poultry preparations as well as the perfect match for soft-centre cheeses such as Camembert, Brie de Meaux, and Reblochon." - Neil Mechanic, Invino Insider 92 points

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.20%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • WINDOW
    Now to 2021
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Scratching your head over the price of quality 1er Cru Red Burgundy? Pressures of supply and demand are not in your favor for scoring deals within the category. I tend to steer my clients to the Cote Chalonnaise. specifically the Pinots of Givry (the appellation just south of Mercurey).

Domaine Danjean-Berthoux never failed me in the restaurant biz and this 1er Cru offering will impress discerning Burghounds. Serious collectors will find this as a perfect house wine. It comes to the party out of the gate, but has some natural tannins to lay down for another 2 to 3 years no problem. 

 

THE STORY TO KNOW

When Pascal Danjean assumed control of the family estate more than 20 years ago he decided he was going to begin bottling and stop selling the production to the local cooperative. In 1993 he bottled the estate's first vintage and the years since have seen him plant more of the estates holdings, which are primarily located in 1er Cru vineyards in the small village of Givry in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. The wines are never fined or filtered and Pascal eschews the use of new wood almost entirely,  resulting in soft, supple wines that allow the terroir to shine.                      

The appellation of Givry is located in the Burgundy sub-region of the Côte Chalonnaise immediately south of the Côte d’Or and consists of the communes of Givry, Dracy-le-Fort, and Jambles where Pascal Danjean is located. Both white and red wines are allowed in the AOC, but around 80% of Givry’s production is in red wine. There are nearly 275 hectares planted in Givry with just under 100 hectares of Premier Cru.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This cries out for food hearty poultry preparations as well as the perfect match for soft-centre cheeses such as Camembert, Brie de Meaux, and Reblochon