Valentin Montanet sources the grapes for this red Burgundy in the Côtes d’Auxerre appellation, just west of Chablis near Saint-Bris and Irancy. Thus the style is more similar to Valentin’s other wines from Vézelay than those of the Côte d’Or farther south. Slightly lighter in color and body, it joins a family of reds from this area of northern Burgundy for which progressively warmer average temperatures have been a blessing. This classic bistro red with great thirst-quenching versatility (a Beaujolais-like aspect of its personality) makes for fine young drinking.
The Clos du Roy has enjoyed a kingly reputation ever since the dukes of Burgundy, residing in nearby Dijon, sang, documented, and drank in its virtues. A gentle slope with rich clay and limestone soil and perfect exposition, it is one of Burgundy’s better-kept secrets. Bouvier fashions a red from his parcel here that is at once serious and gay, generous and firm, bold and elegant. This full-bodied wine has the stuffing and structure to stand up to wild game, along with the freshness and vitality to pair it with much lighter fare.
Givry was one of the only villages in Burgundy to be spared from the devastating spring frosts of 2016, and Lumpp was therefore blessed with an abundant harvest. He didn’t waste his good fortune: his 2016s are a more than worthy follow-up to his brilliant 2015s. Cras Long is arguably his greatest site at Givry. He crafts a Pinot Noir here with power and finesse, silken fruit and muscular tannin, and a noticeable, stony, goût de terroir. While our expert staff can recommend many of Lumpp’s wines for delicious early drinking, this cru is for your cellar.
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