Bruce’s Pick: 2015 Givry “Sous La Roche”, Michael Sarrazin, $28.00

This wine hails from the Côte Chalonnaise, (south of the Côte-d’Or) which includes some of the great value communes in all of Burgundy. Givry is one of them and it lies just 7 kilometers from Mercurey, another such commune that I wrote about in another of my wine picks. The Sarrazin family has been making wine in this narrow valley since the 17th century, and the current owners of this estate, brothers Guy and Jean-Yves, continue this tradition with sustainable farming, hand-harvesting, indigenous yeast, and bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Both red and white wines are made in Givry, but like its sister commune Mercurey, it is perhaps better known for its reds, while the communes of Rully and Montagny, also in the Côte Chalonnaise are known more for their white wines. My Givry pick this month exhibits delicate aromas, fruit driven flavors and a light silky texture. It is this elegance and delicate purity that are the hallmark of the best red wines of this area. And did I mention that 2015 is a fabulous vintage for this region? Do not overlook these fine values....if you do you’ll be missing out on some outstanding under-the-radar Burgundies!