2010 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet les Chaumees 1er Cru

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89-91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees is striking. Peaches, apricots and white flowers are given an extra dimension of coolness from the heavy presence of limestone in these soils. This is a terrific example of the vintage. I especially like the vibrancy of the aromas and flavors in the Chaumees. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.

Vincent Girardin recently sold his operation to Compagnie des Vins d’Autrefois, which previously had an ownership stake in the company. As part of the transaction, Girardin keeps eight hectares of vineyards, from which he will continue to supply the house. I am told that all the other fruit contracts remain in place, ensuring continuity in the maison’s range. Long-time winemaker Eric Germain, who has worked alongside Girardin for ten years, remains at the helm. So far, it looks like a little has changed, but it is early days so we will see. Germain told me the 2010s were harvested beginning on September 5. The premier and grand crus spent 18 months in oak (20% new), followed by two months in steel before being bottled in April and May 2012. As I wrote last year, the Girardin wines have undergone a pretty dramatic stylistic shift over the last few years. Today, the wines are made in a brighter, more focused style with less of the overt richness and oak influence the winemaking team believes was contributing to the premature evolution of the wines." (WA)

"Pretty yellow-green color. Very ripe aromas of stone fruits and musky grapefruit. Sweet and a bit soft but with slightly edgy lemony acidity. This is in an awkward stage today, perhaps with a hint of malic acidity remaining. Not hugely concentrated though." (IWC)