Camille Giroud Vosne Romanee "Les Chalandins" 2017

Burgundy,Cote de Nuits
Pinot Noir

Here the wood treatment is not subtle though the notes of menthol and wood toast are not so strong as to overshadow the otherwise ultra-fresh and pure essence of highly spiced dark cherry, plum and lavender. The medium weight flavors possess a polished mouth feel thanks to the fine-grained tannins that also shape the velvety and sneaky long finish that is quite firm, indeed even a bit austere. This is a lovely Vosne villages that is clearly intended for long aging even though it's a bit oaky at present so it will need a few years to fully integrate it.- BH89-91

The Winery

Maison Camille Giroud is a Burgundy negociant business based in Beaune. The company owns just over a hectare of vineyards, with the vast majority of wines made from grapes sourced from contract growers located across the whole Burgundy region. This includes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from famous vineyards including Chambertin, Corton, Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot. The maison was founded in 1865, and remained under the ownership of the Giroud family for 137 years. During this time, it developed a reputation for the age-worthiness of its wines. The wines were heavily extracted and aged in cask and bottle for seven years or more before release, and at its peak the business put over 100,000 bottles per year into its cellar. Many old vintages are still for sale and drinking well, but difficulties with the ever-growing inventory led the family to sell the business. The sale included 300,000 bottles of wine dating back to 1937.

Camille Giroud was bought by a consortium of producers led by Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars. Annual production was cut down and winemaking methods underwent wholesale changes to produce a supple, more modern wine style – as well as a more consistent level of quality.

Much of what was introduced was nevertheless traditional, including a wooden basket press and open wooden fermentation vats. Old casks were replaced with modern barrels, though gentle oak treatment with only 10-20 percent new wood and minimal racking means that individual cuvées can show quite distinctive characters. Fruit is usually 100 percent de-stemmed and wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. - Information from Wine Searchers

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