The Givry appellation is located in the heart of the Côte, opposite Chalon-sur-Saone, on 2.60 square kilometers of slopes of the Upper Jurassic. These layers incline naturally to the east and are covered with stony soils of limestone and Oxfordian marls. The production of white wines concerns only 0.33 square kilometers of this vineyard which has based its reputation on its reds.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of between 240 and 280 meters, on exposed slopes east-south-east and south. The Premiers Crus extend in the upper part, on places-said richer in stones, and are of the number 16. The best known of these is the climate Clos-Jus, or 0.65 square kilometers of a sloping hillside exposed east. The total production of both colors is 1,300,000 liters, annually.
The reds of Givry are very marked by their grape (pinot noir) and have a beautiful personality: their aromas recall the red and black fruits, and the violet, with smoky notes. Tannic enough, these wines round off and soften after 3 to 5 years. The whites also reveal all the characteristics of Chardonnay through aromas of white flowers (linden, lily), honey and lemon. They are well balanced and pleasant on the palate, with a limpid clear golden robe. They have good length in the mouth as well as a good aging potential.
The climate around Givry is continental type, with warm, long summers and relatively dry fall months creating the best growing season and harvest.
The Givry appellation was created in 1946.
A part of important features of Givry appellation for white wines are as follows:
- Soil: stony soils of limestone and Oxfordian marls.
- Taste: Well balanced.
- Wine color: white wine.
- Aromas: white flowers (linden, lily), honey and lemon.
- Aging potential: 2 – 4 years.
- Serving temperature: 12 to 14° C
A part of important features of Givry appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: brown or limey soils with little clay in their make-up.
- Taste: Balanced.
- Wine color: Red, cherry ruby with dark garnet.
- Aromas: black fruits, and the violet, with smoky notes.
- Aging potential: 3 – 5 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C