Continuing south into Burgundy's Saone-et-Loire region is the Cote Chalonnaise often said to be Burgundy's best place to find value for your money. As I begin thinking about this, I am immediately sorry that I did not get a Bouzeron Aligote to try because I don't think I have ever tasted one and that would have been fun. It has been added to the list and I will come back to it.
Over 60% of the region's production is red wine typically produced in a fuller-bodied, firm style. Givry, one of the principal communes, is home to 26 Premier Cru vineyards. The red wines of this particular area are known for their intense fruit and smooth tannins but are sometimes questioned as to the length of their age ability.
2005 Givry- Les Bois Chevaux Premier Cru Domaine Thenard $30
Appearance: Clear, pale garnet with a brickish rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity developing aromas of leather, sage and earth over red fruit.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol and medium+ tannins, acidity and length. Cherry/berry and black tea flavors.
Drink now, serve with mushroom risotto.
Domaine-Faiveley Mercurey 2007