2018 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Rouge ‘Cuvee St Vincent’
This wine sings. It feels like silk and tastes like vibrant red fruit and rose buds. The texture swoops in, picks you up and just puts you in a good mood. Let this wine breathe for 30 minutes and enjoy this new wave of approachable red burgundy.
Organic/biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested, triple sorted, native yeast fermentation, no fining, light filtering, vegan-friendly.
- Tasting Notes bright raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, freesia, hibiscus, white mushroom, wet earth
- Variety Pinot Noir
- Region France, Burgundy
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 13%
- Table Talk Girardin is a part of the new generation of Burgundy winemakers. He make pure, fruit-forward wines because "I don't want my wines to taste musty... the style of many Burgundy wines made 20 to 30 years ago is out of date. We're into a new millennium."
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Vincent Girardin comes from a family of winegrowers based in Santenay. In 1980, at the age of 19, he decided to strike out on his own. He began producing wine from five acres of vines that he inherited from his parents. The quality of his wines were quickly recognized by connoisseurs all over the world which enabled him to expand, focusing primarily on the great white and red wines of the Côte de Beaune. To cope with the growing demand for his wines, he developed an approach that was new in Burgundy: he purchased grapes from producers who shared the same philosophy and high standards of winemaking.
In 2012, Vincent Girardin sold his operation to a long-standing partner of the Maison, Jean-Pierre Nié. Jean-Pierre decided to continue with the small team of nine that has been faithful to the Maison for many years. Eric Germain has been the head winemaker at Vincent Girardin for nearly twenty years. He studied oenology and comes from a family of winemakers in Meursault. He was Vincents right-hand man for many years and learned from him until his retirement.
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner. Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
Burgundy is a historical region in east-central France that covers a wide area with ranging climates. The large number of producers and appellations within Burgundy can make the region seem complicated to the eye. At its essence though, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world. Burgundy winemakers were the pioneers for premium Chardonnay production and continue to provide a benchmark of excellence in viticulture and winemaking for all of their varieties.
Vineyard location is extremely important in Burgundy. The location will determine their quality level within the Burgundy appellation hierarchy. The highest-quality vineyards will generally have a south or southeast facing exposure providing the most access to sunlight and offering protection from westerly winds. These wines may be listed as premier cru or grand cru on the bottle label. Soils in Burgundy can vary depending on the area, but you’ll find many of them are rich in limestone and clay. Burgundian wines can age for many years if stored properly and will often hit their peak drinking age 5-10 years after production.
Chablis, the Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais are all appellations within Burgundy that have different rules and produce different styles of wines. Perhaps even more well-known are the sub-appellations within. The small villages of Corton, Montrachet, Meursault, and so on have reputations for producing the best white wine in the world.