2016 1er Cru Crausot Domaine François Lumpp

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte Chalonnaise
Village Givry
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Crausot

Racked 2 weeks ago. Nose here seems more ripe. Palate is more glossy too. More full and ripe puffed up chest of fruit - but completely delicious. The grip builds steadily - some minerality develops. Very smart. Very chic. Flows long - great drive - and lovely ripe fruit, dive in, but will need some time although it is hard to resist now. L&S (Dec 2017)

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The 2016 Givry 1er Cru Crausot is a more gourmand expression of Givry, wafting from the glass with notions of ripe red fruits, fruit compote and licorice. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, velvety and ample, its fine tannins cloaked in juicy fruit. It will be hard to resist in its youth. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jul 2018)

Thick and rich on the palate with generous fruit intensity that over delivers considering the appellation and price. Layers of flavour, with complexity still to come. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - (Jan 2018)

A spicy red and black pinot liqueur-like nose enjoys additional breadth in the form of violet, plum, earth and spice aromas. The exceptionally rich, full-bodied and suave flavors brim with dry extract that possess a highly seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a beautifully well-balanced, complex and persistent finish. This beauty should easily reward up to a decade of cellar time and is definitely recommended. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2018)

Domaine François Lumpp

François Lumpp started as a grower in the family domaine in 1977, but then separated from his brother and set up on his own with four hectares of vines in 1991. He and his wife Isabelle have gradually grown the vineyard to reach nine and a half hectares. They are delighted that they have now been joined by two of their children, Pierre and Anne-Cécile.

François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyards, which are farmed with minimum intervention to allow the terroir to express itself fully. In practice this means very careful choice of plant material to give the highest quality results (often at the expense of yield). From 2013, they changed their pruning system to limit yields and also to prevent disease of the woody part of the vines. They have not used weedkillers since 1995, preferring to till and hoe. At the beginning of the season they use treatments appropriate to organic viticulture (copper sulphate) as a preventative, but later in the season, if disease threatens, they prefer to use conventional treatments in order to limit the total number of times they have to send the tractors in. Green harvesting will be used if required to limit yields and ensure even ripening.

At harvest, the pickers sort the grapes carefully at each vine, and then they are checked again on the sorting table, so that only the highest quality fruit is used. François aims to pick at 'just ripe' rather than into overripe, and wants to make bright wines which are developed rather than masked by their time in barrel. François adjusts the level of new wood to suits the vintage, using some one year-old and some two year-old barrels as well, The whites get around 30% new wood, and he uses up to 70% on the reds. The domaine has quite a following among value-conscious Burgundy fans, but it's fair to say that if he was in the Côte d'Or he would be even better-known.

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