I first met Sylvain Tatraux in July 2009. He runs this beautiful wine estate in Givry in the Cote Chalonnaise sub-region of Burgundy with his wife Sandra. They are the third generation to run this vineyard which dates back to 1763. They are very proud of the legend that apparently Henri 1V of France, 1589-1610, regularly drank Givry in his court and professed it to be his favourite tipple.
Tatraux’s wine production
The Tatraux’s own 8 Hectares and produce some 45,000 bottles of wine per annum. 3 of the Hectares are of 1er Cru Status and they produce a small amount of delicious Chardonnay. Since Sylvain took over he has strived to make better wine. Givry used to be known for producing cheap, affordable Pinot Noir that should be drunk within a few years but the whole region’s reputation has soared in the last 10 years. Better wine making techniques and better use of oak barrels has helped transform the reputation of the whole region.
A rare find: Affordable red burgundy
If you want to drink fine expensive burgundy you can always find Gevrey Chambertin or Chambolle Musigny from the Cote D’or further to the north but if you would rather drink very decent pinot noir at a third of the price then try some of Tatraux’s Givry. Domaine Tatraux 2013, Givry 1er Cru Les Grandes Berges is a joyous example of this affordable red burgundy. Soft and plump and well-endowed with berry and cherry fruit, the finish is long, mineral-tinted and spicy.
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