Vincent Girardin, Bourgogne Blanc "Terroir Noble" 2021
Get to know: Vincent Girardin, Bourgogne Blanc "Terroir Noble"
The fruit for this wine comes from vines all situated in the communes of Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault. This is classy and textured with crisp, clean citrus, apple and pear and very pure minerality. The wine feels very in control of its elements and has an expressive, creamy finish. This wine can ben enjoyed in 2-3 years and will last up to 8 years.
In May 2012, Vincent Girardin sold his business to Jean-Pierre Nié, the owner of Compagnie des Vins d’Autrefois in Beaune. Jean-Pierre, very sensibly, took the decision not only to retain Eric Germain (head winemaker) and Marco Caschera (sales and exports) but to make them substantial shareholders in the business.
As far as we are concerned, nothing has changed. They continue to work with the highest quality raw materials and Eric Germain continues to make the wines, as he has done for over fifteen years. Indeed, now that Eric is entirely free from other constraints, we have noticed the wines’ gain in precision over the last few vintages! There is no bâtonnage and extended maturation in barrel, giving the white wines greater tension, elegance, energy and purity.
This is a small to medium sized negociant business of the highest quality. They have contracts to buy fruit from 85 hectares (55 of which are controlled and harvested entirely by the Girardin team) and have 13 hectares in ownership or fermage. They will continue to make further investments in their own vines and have recently made acquisitions in Volnay, Puligny, Meursault, Pommard and Auxey-Duresses. They are far smaller than is often imagined – making between 28,000 and 50,000 dozen per year, depending on the vintage. Their wines remain absolutely delicious, accessible, examples which speak, clearly, of their individual terroirs.