From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: This is truly bargaining Burgundy: made by Francois Lumpp, the quintessential Burgundian Vigneron. Lumpp farms several tiny parcels in the Cote Chalonnaise (just south of the Cote de Beuane) where he crafts soulful, terroir-driven wines. Lumpp only makes 4000-ish cases of wine a year. But the end product is very fine. This particular Premier Cru is driven by cranberries, minerals, and a subtle savory/meaty quality that adds embedded complexity in its otherwise perfectly pure crystaline backbone. This is a spectacular price for a Givry 1er Cru from one of the village's top producers.
In the late 1970s, François Lumpp and his brother inherited their family property, located in the Côte Chalonnaise. In 1991 he founded his own label with his wife, Isabelle. Using sélection massale cuttings, François developed his domaine around Givry's best premier cru sites, which, as in most of the Côte d’Or, are situated on the mid to upper-level slopes of the rolling hillsides. The Lumpp domaine is an especially good fit here at KLWM because it embodies exactly what we look for in Burgundy: a true vigneron in a specific village. Every wine François makes is from Givry, from vineyards that he planted and nurtured himself–something that is exceedingly rare in Burgundy today and will become more and more so over time.
91 Points -Bourghound
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