Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Clous 2018
- Burgundy,Cote de Beaune
A shiny, golden color. A very fine nose marked by citrus notes. A mouth with a very strong mineral character, a very good acidity which announces a great potential of aging.- Winemaker's Notes
Vincent Girardin is a famous Burgundy domaine based in Meursault. It makes a wide range of wines from both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from around the Côte de Beaune, from grand cru sites such as Le Montrachet and Echezeaux, all the way down to vineyards falling under the village-level and regional appellations.
Grapes are bought from growers who can adhere to a certain code of practice, which includes things like using higher trellising for better photosynthesis and avoiding the use of herbicides and insecticides. In the winery, th grapes undergo slow fermentations using indigenous yeasts, followed by long maturation on the fine lees. Vincent Girarden does not use much new oak to mature its wines so as to allow terroir to express itself. The winery processes are aligned to lunar phases.
The domaine began in 1980 when 19-year old Vincent Girardin, the son of a long-standing family of Santenay winemakers, made his first wines from 2 hectares (5 acres) of vineyards inherited from his parents. As demand began to take off, he developed supply relationships with growers who shared his approach – a practice which was new to Burgundy.
Vincent Girardin sold the business in 2012 but Eric Germain, winemaker since the early 2000s, remained to ensure continuity. - Information from Wine Searcher