Clos Salomon

The Story

The known history of this estate goes back about 700 years when a fellow named Hugues Salomon put their Givry vineyard on the map by making it a favorite wine of the Pope of Avignon and Henry IV. Today, the Clos Salomon is a partnership between the most recent heir to the estate, Ludovico du Gardin, and his winemaker, Fabrice Perrotto. Fabrice, an outsider to the family, started working with the estate in 1990 and was added into partnership not too long after the passing of Ludovico’s father. It is an unusual arrangement for someone outside of a family to be given rights to the land and title of a family estate in France. It shows how much Ludovico believes in the ability and commitment of Fabrice. They are both very conscious about treatments in their vineyards and don’t use any insecticides or herbicides. All of the work is done by hand, and the resulting yield is quite low, at nearly 2 tons per acre in a generous vintage.

Lay of the Land

The vineyards of this estate lie in one of Burgundy’s less well-known areas, the Côte Chalonnaise. There are five communes (Bouzeron, Rully, Mercury, Givry and Montagny) with varying production between sparkling, white and red, depending on the commune. Bouzeron, the northernmost village begins a little more than a 10-minute drive from either Chassagne-Montrachet, coming from the north, or Santenay, from the east. The Jurassic limestones reimmerge here and wind their way down for another 30 minutes by car to the most southern end of Montagny. The climate is cooler than the Cote d’Or, so the wines can be a little more fresh, lightly extracted, acidic and higher-toned. That said, there are exceptions, like the Clos Salomon Givry, which is proudly endowed with structure and full-throttle flavors from its gifted terroir.

Clos Salomon Givry

Clos Salomon - 2014 Givry 1er Cru Clos Salomon

Price: $56.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside The Bottle: Given the sheer size of the monopole and the change in the aspect and elevation, the range of complexity of this wine is immense. Fabrice harvests fruit that express nearly all colors of berry fruits, from high-toned reds to dark, deep black fruits. The multidimensional layers of black earth and spice seem to be layered in by the soil and the vibrant forest energy surrounding the vineyards. It is a deeply savory and high-toned floral and fruited red wine. It’s a premier cru red burgundy that would give any Burgundy wine in its price a serious run for the money.

Terroir: Givry, home to the “Clos Salomon,” is primarily a red producing appellation and the Clos Salomon is considered to be in the top flight of vineyards and by some, the top site. This seven-hectare “monopole” was replanted in 1965, giving the current incarnations of this historic wine a full-throttle mid and back palate. Ludovico explained to me that the unique soils of this particular cru are generally the same as what you would find in the village of Volnay, which answers a few questions about its remarkable quality and striking aromas. Of course, the soils are dominated by variations of limestones, but what is noticeable when walking the grounds are the numerous fractured stones and the heavier clays at the bottom of the hill. The proximity of the forest, which sits directly above the vines helps to lower the temperature of the vineyards very quickly when night sets in. The amount of natural grasses and herbs that are in the vineyard are also an indicator of their respect for nature.

The Wine

Inside The Bottle: Given the sheer size of the monopole and the change in the aspect and elevation, the range of complexity of this wine is immense. Fabrice harvests fruit that express nearly all colors of berry fruits, from high-toned reds to dark, deep black fruits. The multidimensional layers of black earth and spice seem to be layered in by the soil and the vibrant forest energy surrounding the vineyards. It is a deeply savory and high-toned floral and fruited red wine. It’s a premier cru red burgundy that would give any Burgundy wine in its price a serious run for the money.

Terroir: Givry, home to the “Clos Salomon,” is primarily a red producing appellation and the Clos Salomon is considered to be in the top flight of vineyards and by some, the top site. This seven-hectare “monopole” was replanted in 1965, giving the current incarnations of this historic wine a full-throttle mid and back palate. Ludovico explained to me that the unique soils of this particular cru are generally the same as what you would find in the village of Volnay, which answers a few questions about its remarkable quality and striking aromas. Of course, the soils are dominated by variations of limestones, but what is noticeable when walking the grounds are the numerous fractured stones and the heavier clays at the bottom of the hill. The proximity of the forest, which sits directly above the vines helps to lower the temperature of the vineyards very quickly when night sets in. The amount of natural grasses and herbs that are in the vineyard are also an indicator of their respect for nature.

About The Wine

Inside The Bottle: Given the sheer size of the monopole and the change in the aspect and elevation, the range of complexity of this wine is immense. Fabrice harvests fruit that express nearly all colors of berry fruits, from high-toned reds to dark, deep black fruits. The multidimensional layers of black earth and spice seem to be layered in by the soil and the vibrant forest energy surrounding the vineyards. It is a deeply savory and high-toned floral and fruited red wine. It’s a premier cru red burgundy that would give any Burgundy wine in its price a serious run for the money.

Terroir: Givry, home to the “Clos Salomon,” is primarily a red producing appellation and the Clos Salomon is considered to be in the top flight of vineyards and by some, the top site. This seven-hectare “monopole” was replanted in 1965, giving the current incarnations of this historic wine a full-throttle mid and back palate. Ludovico explained to me that the unique soils of this particular cru are generally the same as what you would find in the village of Volnay, which answers a few questions about its remarkable quality and striking aromas. Of course, the soils are dominated by variations of limestones, but what is noticeable when walking the grounds are the numerous fractured stones and the heavier clays at the bottom of the hill. The proximity of the forest, which sits directly above the vines helps to lower the temperature of the vineyards very quickly when night sets in. The amount of natural grasses and herbs that are in the vineyard are also an indicator of their respect for nature.