The Bessons’ slice of “Les Bois Gautiers” Premier Cru is a 1 hectare, gently sloping SE-facing vineyard on clay-limestone soils that was totally replanted in 2009. They farm it sustainably, using no pesticides or herbicides in the vineyard. The Bessons have a sorting table they employ in the cellar, further enhancing the quality of the fruit that goes into their fermenter. The Pinot Noir it produces is red-fruited and herby, more full-bodied and gutsy than one would expect from this corner of Burgundy. It cries out for charcuterie and runny cheeses!
Domaine Besson is a family estate located in the Côte Chalonnaise town of Givry. Here Xavier and Guillemette Besson have tended 8.4 hectares of vines since 1989, though the property has been in Xavier’s family since 1930. Originally, the domaine consisted of just one vineyard: Le Petit-Prétan, classified Givry 1er cru. Should you ever visit, (they have a B&B, in fact) the Bessons have an impressive stone barn from the 17th century with a magnificent arch 45 meters long and over 6 meters in height. This cellar, unique in Burgundy, belonged to a famous merchant of the time.