Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016
- Burgundy,Cote de Beaune
- WE95, WS94, WA92+
This wine has both power and wonderful fruit. The tension between the two will result in a magnificent wine in the future. The wine’s acidity and apple and citrus flavors are essential elements in the wine’s development. It has a way to go, so drink from 2023. - WE95
A powerful yet reserved white, exhibiting spice-tinged peach, apple and lemon flavors, with a stony undertow. The vibrant structure keeps this focused, while the finish is long, evoking peach, mineral and spice notes. Mouthwatering. Best from 2021 through 2030. - WS94
The 2016 Corton Grand Cru is one of the more reserved reds in the range, unfurling to reveal aromas of red cherries and berry fruit intermingled with hints of spice and potpourri. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and tight-knit, with a firm but fine-grained chassis of structuring tannin, brisk acids and a long, mineral finish. - WA92+
Very complex wine which expresses itself over time with very mineral notes (flint, vegetal notes). These aromas will then evolve on the flint, lemon peel.- 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