The Chofflet-Valdenaire estate, located in the hillside hamlet of Russily, has been in their family for over 100 years. Today the 11 hectare Domaine is run by Jean Chofflet’s son-in-law, Denis Valdenaire. He produces deliciously fruity, accessible Pinot Noirs that represent outstanding value. The Domaine possesses very well-placed vineyards with an average age of 30 years. Denis has been dedicated to sustainable farming for many years, and was a very early devotee of lutte raisonnée practices.
The Givry 1er Cru Clos de Choue vineyard is a 6 hectare south facing amphitheater vineyard composed half of very old vines, half of vines planted 18 years ago. The soil is a mixture of red clay and small stones which allows for excellent drainage. The grapes are harvested by hand and the fruit undergoes cold maceration for two days before fermentation begins. Valdenaire does two pigeages by treading each day before pressing. The wine is matured in oak casks for one year before bottling.
The Clos de Choue offers a deeply colored ruby cloak, intense red fruit aromas and flavors of dark rose petals, cassis, raspberry, wild cherry and red beets. Beautifully balanced and supple texture. Recently we immensely enjoyed with slow roasted fresh Salmon fillet. Should improve for years, but is ready to drink now. Great value in French Burgundy.