Meix Au Roi 2012 Givry Review


Just because summer is in full swing doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy red wine. Today we load up the wine-mobile and head off for the original land of Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France.

Wines from Burgundy can be a little confusing at first since the wines are labeled based on where they are from instead of by the grape in the bottle. The simple rule on Burgundian wines is that if it’s red it’s Pinot Noir and if it’s white, it’s Chardonnay. This doesn’t hold true 100% of the time, but for today’s wine it works.

The Burgundy region is broken up into 6 sub-regions: Chablis, Côte du Nuits, Côte du Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Maconnais, and Beaujolais (wines from Beaujolais are primarily made from the Gamay grape instead of Pinot Noir). The Meix au Roi we are drinking today comes to us from the Cote Chalonnaise. More specifically near the village of Givry. I bet you weren’t expecting a geography lesson today.

Pinot Noir wines from Givry tend to be lighter and more earthy than pinot’s from surrounding regions, and can show more cherry notes on the palate. Let’s see if those tendencies hold up with today’s wine.

“Meix Au Roi” Givry, Danjean Berthoux 2012 Review

Color: Ruby and light. Little to no glass staining as would be expected with Pinot Noir.

Nose: The nose on this one isn’t what I would call tight, but it’s also not overflowing with aromas. There are some nice red fruit components but they are pretty subdued. Look for some strawberries and if the wine warms up a bit there is a little bit of cherry shining through. There is definitley some Earthiness that comes through with this wine. I see it as a hay/straw note with a little dirt thrown in.

Flavor: Cherries, strawberries and even a hint of tart cranberry comes through on the palate. As the wine crosses over the mid-palate into the finish a nice black pepper spice rises up to greet you. There is a nice med+ acidity to this wine that will lend itself well to pairing with any number of foods. I paired it with honey-balsamic glazed chicken drumsticks and there were no complaints from anyone at the table.

Bottom Line: A well made and well priced Burgundian Pinot that will please a wide range of wine palates. This would be a great dinner party wine as it will also pair well with any number of food dishes.