Perfectly mastered from beginning to end, this Givry 1er Cru the Great Pretans of the Gérard & Laurent Mouton estate is one of the sure values of the appellation in Givry 1er Cru. Harvested by hand, it will be fermented for 12 to 18 days in controlled temperatures and daily pigeages.
The big Pretans is among the most intense of the first Givry Crus
Of a beautiful density and beautiful framework, it keeps a fine and delicate side. At the aromatic level, the bouquet will be complex and rich: floral notes such as violet, but also red and black fruits (strawberry, blackberry) and even spices.
Guard: up to 10 years
Serving temperature: 15 to 16 °
Domaine Mouton - Givry
Laurent Mouton brilliantly took over the family estate in the heart of Givry.
Very perfectionist, he has modernized the property with in particular the temperature regulation on all his vats, allowing to control perfectly the stages of vinification of his Givry, and in particular the fermentation.
Follower of fine wines but which keep intensity, it proposes many climates of red Givry in villages and first vines, as well as a magnificent white Givry of which a very beautiful cuvée excellence raised in oak barrels.
Among the appellations offered: Givry in white and red, Givry 1er Cru La Grande Berge, Givry 1er Cru Clos Juice, Givry 1er Cru Clos Charlé, Givry 1er Cru the Great Pretans.
Givry is primarily a red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. To the eye it presents a brilliant carmine or crimson colour set off by purplish highlights. Its bouquet generally evokes violets, strawberries, and blackberries with variants which include liquorices, game, and sometimes spice (cloves). It is quite tannic in its early youth but after 3 to 5 years in the bottle it becomes suppler and fuller. It boasts a firm structure. White Givry (Chardonnay) is a bright, limpid pale gold. It is redolent of aromas of honey or lemon with notes of lime and lily, then dried fruits (often toasted) come to the fore after the wine has aged some years. The mouth is delicate, with a balance between mellowness and acidity which guarantees its keeping qualities as well as giving it good length.
Wine Steward’s Tip
Red: its firm structure hides a delicate aromatic register which clearly makes it a fine match for pâtés, pies, and terrines, as well as cured ham and fine charcuterie. However, its distinction and solid construction are calculated to please meat-lovers. Fibrous joints, beefsteak, braised veal, stewed poultry, or a roasted fattened hen from La Bresse will respond to its dense tannins. It is equally well-matched with soft-centred cheeses: Camembert, Brie de Meaux, Reblochon. Serving temperature: around 15 °C.
White: fish in light sauces, freshwater pike cooked with butter and white meats bring out its finest qualities. As far as cheeses are concerned, try pressed-curd cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire and Cantal. Serving temperature: 11 to 13 °C.
This Côte Chalonnaise wines was the favorite of the French King Henri IV (1553-1610). It is produced in the communes of Givry (with its hamlets Poncey, Cortiambles and Russilly), Dracy-le-Fort, and Jambles – a corner of Paradise for wine-growing, surrounding what has been a fortified location since the Middle Ages. Its AOC dates from 1946. As Philippe Sollers wrote in his autobiography “Being born into a culture of French wine is a deeply fortifying and sobering experience that becomes a part of you. As a child, one does not even need to read Rabelais - his words live and speak all around”.
Brown soils derived from the breakdown of Oxfordian Jurassic limestones and clayey-limestones. Most of the vines are planted facing East-South-East or due South at altitudes between 240 and 280 metres, or slightly higher in the case of the Climat named Les Bois Chevaux.