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2020 Givry Rouge 1er Cru “A Vigne Rouge”

François Lumpp
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François Lumpp’s wines can compete with the very best of Burgundy. They are the finest wines being produced today in Givry, a sleepy Côte Chalonnaise outpost historically reputed for its Pinot Noir, thanks to its abundant limestone and iron-rich clay soils. Nobody has done more than François to remind the world of this appellation’s potential, and now he has passed the torch to his daughter Anne-Cécile and his son Pierre. The Lumpp style is on full display with this beauty: open-knit, fruit-forward, silky, and seductive Pinot Noir beckons. This vineyard always supplies a solid architecture of structural support, and this vintage brings the welcome acidity of blood orange and pêche de vigne as well.

Dixon Brooke

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Givry
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine François Lumpp
Winemaker: François Lumpp
Vineyard: 15 years, 2.45 ha
Soil: Oxfordian Nantoux Limestone, Fine Marl, Clay
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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