Sunday, January 24, 2010

Domaine Besson Givry 1er Cru "Le Petit Prétan"

Domaine Xavier Besson
Pinot Noir
Givry 1er Cru
Le Petit Prétan
Givry, Burgundy, France

$28.99 -- Spec's, Austin, TX

Color: Medium garnet
Nose: Orange sherbet, cinnamon, cream, clove?
Body: Medium
Front: Cherry
Middle: Cream, roasted almonds
Back: Chocolate shavings, soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This is far too young, I would guess, to be drunk at this point. But I wanted a Pinot, I wanted a good one, and I wanted one that hadn't closed down. I also wanted one cheap--and yes, unfortunately, this is cheap for French Burgundy. Thanks, collectors. Way to ruin everything for the rest of us.

But! I didn't do this review until it had been open and sat overnight -- perhaps open for about six hours altogether. It certainly got more soft, more approachable, and richer tasting overnight; it was nicely fruity but kind of reserved yesterday, without much on the nose and a kind of hollow taste. But now (and taken with some nice sorpressata on a cool Texas evening) it's showing much more interesting flavors. Give it five more years, maybe even seven to ten, and it should be lovely.