Vincent Girardin‘s conversion of his 22-ha vineyards towards biodynamic was started in 2006 and is now well underway. As with many high profile Burgundy estates before him, including Domaine Leflaive, Vincent has realized the benefits of these methods. This, coupled with a less interventionist attitude at winemaking level, most of the work being done in the vineyards, the wines, more than ever, confidently show great finesse, brilliant fruit-expression with a racy mineral edge.
Vincent Girardin really has come full circle, from someone who was producing very modern wines to someone that is really trying to obtain the fullest expression possible from his vineyards.
`Hazy pale yellow. Clove, menthol and iodine on the nose, along with a strong element of spicy oak; comes across as more exotic than the Chevalier-Montrachet. Then drier and less showy on the palate, with a distinctly chewy quality to the cooler citrus and mineral flavors. In a rather powerful, brooding style but showing less personality and sweetness today than the Chevalier-Montrachet. Serious wine, but does it have the tension of a topnotch Montrachet?`
Stephen Tanzer 92-94pts