We recognised many years ago that the region of Givry could provide wines with superb character at a fair price. This has never been truer than today, with the renaissance in the area coming about through the dedication of hardworking and talented vignerons like the Ragots.
Nicolas and his mother, Marguerite, are quiet and friendly. A visit to this lovely domaine is reassuring. It is beautifully immaculate and nothing is out of place. You just know the wines are going to be good.
Our Premier Cru red La Grand Berge is the Ragot’s best wine, and is a deliciously rich, strawberry- and cherry-flavoured, slightly smoky wine with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. Nicolas uses slightly more new oak barrels for the Premier Cru, but he is always careful to ensure that the oak complements the fruit rather than overpowers it.
It was Nicolas’s grandparents who planted a small area of Chardonnay and these vines, now more than 45 years old, produce the most marvellous white burgundy. It is aromatic, smooth, buttery and backed up with a whole basketful of ripe citrus flavours. Try it alone, as an aperitif, or with fish and white meats, especially those in a creamy sauce.
All the grapes for both wines are picked by hand and although both are delicious when young they will go on improving for a number of years if carefully cellared.