Givry “En Veau Vieilles Vignes” ♥
Villages White barrel
Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
Outstanding Top value
Producer note: Juliette Joblot directs this 14 ha domaine where the plantings are divided between 11 ha in pinot noir and 3 ha in chardonnay. She described 2018 as “another vintage that was definitely marked by a hot and dry growing season. We did suffer some hail in early April that cost us around 30% of the potential crop. Otherwise the season was pretty easy though we were worried that we might have roasted fruit but in the end, we avoided that particular problem. We picked beginning on the 28th of August and brought in notably clean and very ripe fruit with strong potential alcohols that averaged right at 13.5%. The vinifications were straightforward and the malos were over fairly quickly, which is to say the reds finished in April. I did choose to use a bit less new wood as riper vintages need less of it. Overall, the 2018s are definitely marked by the sun but I like them for their richness and generous textures.” As the scores and commentaries suggest, Joblot has once again turned in remarkable quality and several of the wines are worth your attention. (Polaner Selections, www.polanerselections.com, NY).
Tasting note: Residual fermentation aromas are also trimmed in just enough wood to mention. Otherwise there is good freshness to the appealingly and seductively textured flavors that terminate in a saliva-inducing, clean and dry finish. This should reward 3 to 5 years of cellaring if secondary fruit characteristics are your preference.