From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Before Philippe le Hardi introduced Pinot Noir in Burgundy, many grape varieties existed, especially the “Gol” which eventually gave its name to this hillside in Savigny. Vines here are 30-40 years old and often result in grapes with a surprising amount of tannin. This bottling is aged 15 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Round and concentrated with beautiful elegance. Bursting with flavors of cherries, blackberries, and redcurrant with lilting floral notes and spice. It is firm but gentle and intense. Balanced and refined.
Pairing: Try this wine with a “grown-up grilled cheese” which takes all the comfort of a childhood classic, but dresses it up with roasted mushrooms and greens (so it’s healthy…).
The Girardin name has been synonymous with elite level Burgundy for 700 years, most recently through the wines of Justin’s uncle, Vincent Girardin, and his father, Jacques Girardin. With the provenance of this family’s holdings and the talent seemingly entrenched in this bloodline, Justin is more than a name to watch – He is without question one of the most exciting young names in the region, farming 17 hectares of vines in Pommard, Chassagne Montrachet, and Savigny-les-Beaune using organic and biodynamic practices.
Transparency is the name of the game – Only native yeast is used here, and it is rare to experience the influence of new oak in any of Justin’s bottlings. The family believes in clonal diversity as both a way to preserve culture and a way to increase complexity of finished wines – You’ll see a dizzying number of clonal selections in each of their vineyard holdings. These are Burgundies of precision, and also wines that deliver tremendous value.
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