- Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2014 Product #31562 (In Stock)
While Vincent Girardin’s wines have always been good, the farming and winemaking here has taken a huge jump up in quality over the past few years. And, the conversion to biodynamic farming, gentle extraction, careful use of oak, and limited lees stirring all come together in a flat-out glorious 2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay. It’s a blend of declassified Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet fruit from the lower slopes of each village aged in 500l barrels with just a bare touch of new wood. The aromas, flavors and texture are, as you’d expect, a lovely marriage of Meursault richness with Chassagne minerality and focus.
- Girardin Meursault Narvaux 2013 Product #30058 (In Stock)
The 55 year-old vines grow in Meursault's important Les Narvaux vineyard, just above the excellent 1er Cru Genevieres and to the North of Les Perrieres. Clay/limestone soils typical of Merusault have just a touch more chalk here, giving good ripeness and plenty of minerality. Aging for 16 months in 15% new French oak allows the wine to open wonderfully. I love the interplay of rich lemon cream and pear fruit and the complex accents of mint, spice, and chalk. Not sure why Burghound thinks you need to wait – impressive right now!
“Candied lemon, clove and wild herbs on the nose. On the lean side, with penetrating acidity giving a distinctly dry character to the flavors of spiced apple, citrus peel, minerals and mint. No hail damage here, according to enologist Germain.” Vinous (Tanzer) 87-90 points
“An expressive nose featuring airy and notably cool notes of citrus, pear and floral scents introduces nicely intense middle weight flavors that exude a lovely minerality on the punchy finale that exhibits plenty of citrus character. This is a fine Meursault villages that will need a few years to unwind and harmonize but it should be at least very good.”Allen Meadows 88-91 points
- Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 Product #30061 (In Stock)
A grand wine from south and southeast-facing plots the heart of this famous Chardonnay Grand Cru. Fermentation and 18 months aging takes place in the finest quality French oak barrique, with 30% new oak used to give the wine extra definition, texture, and complexity. Worth decanting if you’d like to try it soon and pairing with something rich like lobster or chicken in chanterelle sauce. Better still, leave it alone until 2020 and enjoy for many, many, years after that!
“This wine includes the fruit that normally goes into the Quintessence bottling as the crop was cut by 60% to 80% by hail. A bit less pristine on the nose than the Chevalier-Montrachet, offering scents of lemon drop and peach syrup. Plush, sweet, thick and very concentrated, with a powerful rocky character currently dominating the middle palate. The stony quality carries through to the thick finish, which is slightly bitter but not austere or vegetal.” Vinous (Tanzer) 92 points
“Reduction flattens the underlying fruit but there is fine freshness, intensity and detail to the muscular and concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth on the stony, lingering and austere finish that is dry but not hard to aggressive. This will definitely require a few years of bottle age to become more civilized as it's quite firm today.”Allen Meadows 91-93 points