Generational winegrowers, the Giraudon Family now farms 23 hectares of vineyard, seven of which are dedicated to Pinot Noir. Marcel, daughter Aurélie, and son Thibaut, continue to use traditional farming practices; low yields, weeds are ploughed under, and the grapes hand picked. These days Aurélie handles the cellar duties with her brother Thibaut managing the fields, all under the watchful eye of Marcel. In addition to Chitry rouge, they grow Chitry Blanc, Chablis, and Crémant de Bourgogne.
Soils of kimméridgien clay, chalk and limestone, the vineyard is more akin to Champagne and the Loire than the Golden Slope, however, what makes Chitry truly interesting is both north and south facing slopes. Blending the two brings complexity, freshness, and plenty of body.
The grapes are hand picked and 85% de-stemmed. Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately. Marcel was never particularly fond of barrels, so no barrels are used. After tasting, the wines are blended. Bottling occurs several times a year, partially due to limited space, and each cuvee is unique.
Home of one of Burgundy’s smallest and least known appellations – Bourgogne Chitry is a regional appellation. Located at the upper reaches of Burgundy, with cooler climates and picturesque churches, it is naturally better known for producing white wines. Next door to Chablis, 160km north of the Cote d’Or’s most northern tip, only Champagne and Alsace sit farther north in terms of wine growing regions.