July 11th 2017
It is so exciting to discover a domaine following the transition from one generation to the next, when ambition and quality are on the up.
The Girardin family have been establish vignerons in Burgundy for centuries. 27 year old Justin Girardin has recently taken up the reins from father Jacques (brother of famous négociant Vincent Girardin) at the family’s 17 hectare domaine. Their holdings stretch from Santenay to Savigny lès Beaune, through Chassagne Montrachet and Pommard.
Justin is a modest young man with an endearingly quiet approach to wine – he gingerly crafts the wines in the vineyard, and makes minimal interventions in the cellar. As a result his range of Santenays are a fascinating portrait of one of the Côte d’Or’s lesser known villages, and well worth exploring. Justin’s wines offer excellent value with no compromise in quality, and we are delighted to introduce this new domaine to our portfolio by offering his Santenay Blanc Les Terrasses de Bievaux 2015 at £15.58 per bottle.
This wine offers the quintessential qualities of excellent village Côte de Beaune white – vibrant acidity, creamy texture, concentration of fruit, a light touch of oak, and a long mineral tension – at about half the price of its more famous neighbours of Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet. The 2015 is already drinking superbly.
Available for immediate delivery at a cost of £18 and with free UK delivery on orders over £300.
Santenay Blanc Les Terrasses de Bievaux Justin Girardin 2015
£187.00 per 12 bottles inc VAT | £15.58 per bottle
A new discovery. This joyous wine offers the character and texture of a Côte d’Or village wine with an extremely reasonable price tag. Planted high up at 350m altitude on a steep limestone terraced slope. There is a lovely scent of lemon sherbet on the nose, and clementine juiciness on the palate. A little complexity from 15% new oak barrels give this wine an extra lift. It will drink well from youth. Drink 2017-2020 Goedhuis & Co
Super-creamy aroma. Cool, fresh and elegant rather than intense. Straightforward, with great persistence but well balanced between fruit and freshness. 16.5 points Jancis Robinson