2005 Givry 1er Cru by Domaine Michel Roubard and Domain Delorme

2005 Givry 1er Cru by Domaine Michel Roubard and Domain Delorme

These two were delightful finds at under €10!  We tasted these back-to-back over two days, comparing the styles of two different local “1er Cru” Givry reds, both (of course) based on Pinot Noir.  First of all, the “1er Cru” is definitely better than the less-fortunately labeled versions.  Worth the extra two or three Euros.  Both wines announced themselves in the glass as slightly darker-than-normal Pinots, with much more prounounced aromas than the “regular” wines.  While both had delightfully flavorful red berry fruit as they entered your tastebuds, these “1er Cru” versions would expand and become darker in flavor, revealing layers of flavors.  As with most of the lighter Burgundies, these are never deep and smoky, but rather “toasty fruit” flavored, with long and lingering finishes showing sophisticated smoothness instead of powerful overtones.  Very delicious and rewarding.  I personally found the version from Delorme somewhat deeper flavored, with a hint of tobacco somewhere in the layers if I thought about it.  The Boubard version was more delicately flavored and somewhat crisper than Delorme’s, but I had an affinity for Delorme’s wine since it tasted somewhat darker to me and I like that from a Pinot.  Both left a great, lingering finish you only really get with the 1er Cru wines we tasted so far.  I think we will be picking up more of these, and either one puts the Pinots from California or Oregon to shame for the local price here of less than €10.  Fun and delicious comparison!

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