We followed Vincent Girardin from the 1988 vintage, through his stratospheric rise from small cellars in Santenay to bigger ones in Meursault with a successful negoçiant business. Some years ago he sold out to Les Vins d’Autrefois and moved away.
The great thing is that the new owners have allowed the existing team to flourish in a way that Vincent perhaps didn’t, letting the talented Eric Germain (son of Henri Germain, our long-time Meursault supplier) get on and make the wines he wants to in his own pure style and using only natural yeasts. They have 21 ha of vines in the domaine, 10 ha owned and 11 ha in a service contract. Grapes from a further 60 ha are bought in, but most of these they harvest themselves. The estate has been using biodynamic methods since 2008, but are without certification and specialise in the Côte de Beaune having ‘withdrawn’ from the Côte de Nuits. Eric has been working hard on the reds, varying the inclusion of stems in the fermentation according to each vintage and has also changed the methods of filtration to soften the tannins. The wines are being marketed successfully by Marco Caschera, whom we have known since his days working with Nicolas Potel.
Santenay, Vieilles Vignes, Vincent Girardin 2019Pinot Noir 13.0% Vol
Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
Rich with dense black cherries, very well balanced with ripe tannins and freshness offsetting...£28.00 per bottle
Puligny-Montrachet vieilles vignes, Vincent Girardin 2018Chardonnay 13.0% Vol
Burgundy > Côte de BeauneMade from 55 year old vines, this wine shows this in great depth and concentration. It has...£59.50 per bottle
Meursault 1er cru Les Perrières, Vincent Girardin 2017Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
Burgundy > Côte de BeauneVery fine nose with plenty of white peach fruit but also a more saline edge, this is concentrated...£99.50 per bottle
Meursault vieilles vignes, Vincent Girardin 2018Chardonnay 13.0% Vol
Burgundy > Côte de BeauneClean fresh and full of flavour, citrus ripe apple floral notes and a hint of toasted hazelnuts,...£53.00 per bottle
Chassagne-Montrachet vieilles vignes, Vincent Girardin 2018Chardonnay 13.0% Vol
Burgundy > Côte de BeauneAromas and flavours of toasted almonds, ripe apples, white flowers and honey. There is good weight...£54.00 per bottle