Bruce’s Pick: 2016 Michel Sarrazin Fils Givry “Sous la Roche” $28

When looking for good Burgundies that don’t break the bank, I often head south of Beaune 20 or 30 kilometers to the Cote Chalonnaise. The three main villages of Rully, Mercurey and Givry are often the source of some of the under-the-radar best values in all of Burgundy, and the wines of brothers Guy and Jean-Yves Sarrazin are among the best examples.

Having just received our allocation of the 2016 vintage of this wine, I couldn’t wait to check it out. I am happy to report that it is even better than last year (2015 vintage) which I also wrote up as a wine pick. The current version is sleeker, more tightly packed and shows sneaky length with silky tannins promising more to come. It is not a heavy-weight or chunky wine at all, but carries it’s dark cherry scented fruit on a high-wire of subtle acidity.

The Sous la Roche vineyard is one of the highest altitude vineyards in all of Rully planted with 40 year old vines, and its pedigree definitely shows through. Delicious now and poised to get even better over time (my sample was better the second day) this is a smart pick for a Burgundy that over-delivers!