Place: Chitry – Burgundy, France
Variety: Pinot Noir
Chitry is 110km northwest of Beaune, but only 12km from Chablis. Prior to the appellation being recognised on its own merit it was sold as Chablis Villages. Now the bottlings from the 40ha of chardonnay and 27ha of pinot noir are labelled Chitry, the land a continuation of Chablis’ limestone-rich Kimmeridgian soils.
Olivier was born into a winemaking family dating back to the 1600s, but pursued a career in radio and music before returning to the homestead, now organically farms 12ha of pinot noir, chardonnay and aligoté. This is lithe, buoyant pinot noir with more charm than George Clooney.