The Ragot family have a winemaking history dating back to the mid-1700s. Currently, 9Ha of vineyards in the village of Givry, one third of which are at 1er Cru level. A large-scale modernisation was undertaken in 2002 when Nicolas Ragot took the reins of the domaine.
A holistic approach to the vineyard environment is favoured, with cover crop encouraged between the vines, ploughing favoured over use of herbicides. Harvesting by hand, careful manual destemming, fermentation with natural yeasts are employed. Around 20% of new oak is used for elevage, with the remainder in large neutral foudre. Only a light filtration at the bottling stage.
The Ragot Givry Vieilles Vignes is composed of 50 year old Pinot Noir vines from a 1.25Ha site on limestone and clay soils. Aged for 12 months in barrel – 20% new.
The VV Ragot offers a fruit driven nose with fresh herbs. Juicy blackberry, and raspberry fruit palette entwined with spice and quite pronounced oak. Lovely purity of fruit.