When you drive into Givry, an old, faded sign on the road announces you are entering the cru that was once the preferred drink of King Henri IV of France. While the sign harkens back to a glory the village knew five centuries ago, modern times haven’t been so kind. In the 1970s, to buck a trend of quantity rather than quality, a few vignerons decided to turn back the clock. Led by François Lumpp, they began a long process of replanting abandoned slopes, cutting yields, farming responsibly, and putting arduous effort into once again making Givry a grand vin. The rest, as they say, is history. This bottling contains a lot of ripe fruit (we are in southern Burgundy, after all), but it also has a sheen, sharpness, and smartness, possibly due to this parcel’s high limestone and marl content—a unique identity you would expect from a unique cru.
Some like their Burgundy a bit tight and austere, while others enjoy the fleshy, crunchy, sappy side you can really dig your teeth into. If the latter is what you want from your Burgundy, this one’s for you! Intense and deep, Les Fremiers is the kind of wine that gave Pommard its reputation in the first place.
The first thing many people notice on their initial visit to Burgundy is the tight spacing of the vines. Most often the rows are a mere meter apart—just wide enough for a horse. When Jean-Marc planted this parcel in 2004, he made the spacing even tighter, cutting the distance between vines by a third. Those few feet are too narrow even for a horse! Only humans can pass through, which is how these vines have been worked since day one. The high-density planting keeps the ground and grapes under shade in the increasingly hot Burgundian summers, allowing the terroir’s earthy and effusive character to shine through.
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