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2016 Joblot Givry 1er Cru L'Empreinte

Posted by Ian McFadden

The vineyards of Givry are situated within a spectacular amphitheater.

When you look at the best sites, it obvious that serious wine can be made here.

Far back in history, its reputation was formidable. Givry was reportedly the favorite wine of Henri IV. For the past few decades, Domaine Joblot has highlighted just how impressive Givry can be.

Joblot's Givry have no problem competing with the Côte d'Or. However, since Givry is off-the-beaten path in the Côte Chalonnaise, it offers unbeatable value.

In Givry's limestone soils, Joblot turns out sleekly mineral and supremely elegant wines with a layered presence. Joblot's wines are animated by an extremely precise presentation of spice, earth and ample red fruits.

In the early eighties, Jean-Marc and Vincent Joblot started pushing for a level of quality that was unheard of for the area. The world took notice. By the 90s, Joblot was mentioned in the same breath as many of the top producers of the Côte d'Or, and the wines were collected in a similar way. No other Côte Chalonnaise producer has achieved such status.

In 2010, Jean-Marc's daughter Juliette joined the domaine and the wines have reached a new level of refinement. One of the most interesting and unique approaches they take is to decide when to pick based on acidity, instead of ripeness. The domaine is also ruthless about selection. This is clear in the pristine expression and vivacity of the wines.

Joblot's 2016s are incredibly classic, pure and concentrated. They have an amazing transparency and appealing suave texture. 2016 is the first release of 1er Cru L'Empreinte, which is a blend of their various 1er Crus. In its debut, the 1er Cru L'Empreinte boasts a seamless presentation of floral notes and an energetic and silky mineral core. There's an expansive spectrum of soil notes, spice and aromatic red fruits. It's simultaneously punchy and finessed.

This is one of the best values that I've come across in red Burgundy. When you factor in the breeding and sheer distinctiveness, there is no competition.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits