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Domaine Vincent Girardin

Burgundy
Vincent Girardin is a man in a hurry. In just a few years, he's progressed from upstart winemaker to one of Burgundy's bona fide rising stars.
With 95 percent of his wines sold outside France, he knows something about the sink-or-swim world of international competition. In this cutthroat environment, any advantage helps, and printing "Burgundy" on your label should be an obvious leg up.

In reality, says Girardin, too many poor Burgundies are sold. "You have growers who are convinced that the way they've always worked is perfect, even though their bottles are undrinkable," says Girardin, 38. "Twenty percent are good growers, but the other vignerons float on a cloud, without any idea of how bad their wines are.."
Worse, the whistle-blower fumes, the bad wines are often sold for the same prices as the good Burgundies. This situation, he says undercuts the region's reputation, not to mention the competitiveness of shippers like himself. "In the New World, they're much more realistic; in Burgundy, we're not realistic," he says.

Girardin produces clean, pure and fruity wines. "I don't want my wines to taste musty, like an old cellar," he says. "The style of many Burgundy wines made 20 to 30 years ago is out of date. We're into a new millennium and we can't take anything for granted."
He's been able to pursue his vision freely because he's the master of his own universe. "I'm alone to decide, while more than 50 percent of Burgundy's wineries are held by the parents," says Girardin. "And when daddy says no, it's no, even if the younger generation wants to change things."

He started his own business in 1982, with 5 acres inherited from his parents. Today, he farms 40 acres, which produce one-fifth of the bottles he makes. The rest is made from must or grapes he purchases from growers whose work he respects.
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Girardin Pommard Les Vignots 2009 
Characteristics: We have more Red Burgundy without notes that any other varietal or region. That is probably because we buy more wines from this region than any other and barrel tasting notes are very early impressions so not very useful in this context. The wines vary within the region but are nearly all made from the same varietal, Pinot Noir, so I can give you a reliable idea of what to expect. The colour can range from robish to quite light but don’t be fooled. The nose is tease; its ethereal, dried roses, spring deciduous leaf, tea leaves and often a sweet earthiness. In the mouth it is often very supple and silken. The flavours are from a motley palette including cherries of most any hue, sometimes truffle, gaminess and a wonderful comforting earthiness.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $54.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Girardin Pouilly-Fuisse 2007 
Characteristics: Vincent Girardin 2007 Terroir de Vergisson Pouilly-Fuissé AOC | 13% | Of course this is 100% Chardonnay but not just any –this is made from old vines planted to exemplary parcels of Pouilly-Fuissé’s Vergisson – Charmes, En France, Sur la Roche, and Des Crays all of which are circled by the dry stacked limestone murger walls that not only demarcate the plots but reflect the very limestone soils that comprise la Roche de Vergisson that rises like an island of limestone across from la Roche de Solutré in southern Burgundy where Pouilly-Fuissé reigns supreme.

A more beguiling example is seldom found and could very well define the best of Pouilly-Fuissé. At five years into its development this is just beginning to open its stride in the ease of a long distance runner. It is mineral, fragrant, wily and nimble with a limestone snap and a nimble sap that we who love white Burgundy yearn to savor but so seldom find. Lemon peels and orchard fruit offset a savory complexity that lifts like nettles and fiddlehead ferns –with that mineral vein of limestone running through it all defining the whole. A real testament to the wondrous heights of Pouilly-Fuissé and well worth hunting down and marveling for oneself.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 19, 2014 (Root)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $30.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Girardin Santenay Blanc Clos de Tavannes 2010 
Characteristics: Biodynamic | In the south of the Cote d'Or, north of Gravieres in Santenay and just south of Chassagne-Montrachet rests the Premier Cru Clos de Tavannes from which Vincent Girardin crafts this exceptional Chardonnay rich in the lifted scents of tangerines and grounding apricots. In the mouth one can practically taste the mineral from low yielding vines planted to clay marl soils that set this parcel apart in a flinty character that could well define dry extract. Nervy acids and a rounded texture prove twelve months in barrel helped tame this racy Chardonnay into a polished and creamy white of orchard fruit, freshly chopped fennel, and an almost Chablisienne sort of cut and punch together with the sapid charms of Chassagne-Montrachet. A wine that turns you on your heel and smiles "look at me and adore me" in a way one cannot but help.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, April 2013
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $45.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Girardin Santenay Gravieres 2009 
Characteristics: Biodynamic | This marvelous wine comes to us by way of 45 year old Pinot Noir vines planted to the steep clay and limestone marl of Les Gravières -a 1er cru which most agree without argument is the best Premier Cru parcel in the village of Santenay in the south of the Côte de Beaune. Les Gravières is tended by hand from the start to finish, employing natural yeasts and only pressed gently to ensure the purest and most representative Les Gravières Girardin can muster –such is the worthy renown of this privileged parcel whose wines reward such focus. Aged 14 months on its fine lees in 20% new oak and all along the way tended according to the lunar calendar –bottling without fining or filtration on a Biodynamic Fruit Day.

Rich, fulsome and dynamic, this is Burgundy less reminiscent of the Cote de Beaune and more akin to the flex found among the Pinot Noir coming from the Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits. A living tension of texture, structure, fragrance and flavor with soaring floral notes, scented spice and a solid core of fruit showing just what 2009 was capable with rich textural tannins but ample fruit to pull it off. Welcome to Les Gravières!
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, July 9th, 2014 (Flower)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $45.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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