Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire Givry 2015
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Pinot Noir from 30 year old vines. The Givry Rouge AOC comes from several sloping, amphitheater vineyards in Russilly on limestone-clay soils with southeast exposures. Unusual for the region, the vineyards for this cuvée are on the protected middle and upper slopes where the temperatures are highest throughout the day, giving the fruit extended opportunity to ripen. At harvest, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed and given 5 days of cold maceration, after which fermentation begins at controlled temperature, not exceeding 28C. Denis Valdenaire prefers periodic light foot-treading to crush the grapes (done four times in 2012) and he pumps the juice over the cap of skins once per day. One-half of the cuvée is aged in 228 litre oak casks averaging three years of age, and the balance is matured in concrete tanks. The parts are assembled in July and bottled before the next harvest. Bright, succulent and spicy dark cherry and plum fruit and is ready to enjoy upon release. About 2000 cases are produced annually.