The 2010 vintage is an excellent one for white Burgundies. The wines are fresh and tightly structured with good minerality and vibrant acidity. While overall quality is high, yields in 2010 were down significantly—as much as a third from 2009—due to a series of misfortunes. We recently tasted the 2010 white Burgundies from several producers and published our reviews in an article on our home page.
One of the wineries included in our tasting was the Domaine Michel Sarrazin located in Givry. Sons Jean-Yves and Guy Sarrazin manage the winery today and produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté grapes on 35 hectares covering several appellations. The vineyards are densely planted at about 10 thousand plants per hectare, and sustainable viticultural practices (lutte résonée] are followed.
One of the best values we tasted was the Domaine Michel Sarrazin 2010 Givry Blanc Les Grognots Village ($28). We scored it 91 points and said this about the wine: This single vineyard Chardonnay is a nicely layered wine with well-integrated oak, abundant structure, and good acidity. There are light, aromatic notes of toasted oak , lemon and ripe stone fruit that are picked up on the rich, flavorful palate. Aged in 35 percent new oak. Givry Blanc is relatively rare and increasingly regarded as at least the equal of the more abundant Givry Rouge. This wine is a great value. Imported by JAO Wine Imports.
For our reviews of all the Sarrazin and other white Burgundies of 2010, consult the full article.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler