The Ragot family already had a vineyard in Mercurey in 1760 and a century later Louis Ragot created his wine domaine in Givry. Since 2008, Nicolas Ragot has been in charge of the family domaine where he has worked since 2002. The vineyard extends over 9 hectares within the Givry appellation (6.5ha of Pinot Noir, 2 of Chardonnay and the rest in Aligoté), with a third of premier crus. This domaine produces a consistent range of wines with fine cuvées and provides good value for money. (It is regularly selected by the Revue du Vin de France's best reasonably priced wine Guide ).
About the cuvée
Givry Vieilles Vignes is made from vines planted on clay-limestone soil which are fifty years old on average. Developing spicy, black fruit notes, this is a powerful, well-structured and robust wine. It is advisable to wait at least two years before drinking it and this wine has a good potential to age for about ten years.
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