What the Critics say
Of the '17: "This Gevrey Chambertin Les Vieilles Vignes is a darker, smoky, more earthy effort, which is classic Gevrey-Chambertin. More licorice, graphite, and forest floor notes emerge with time in the glass, and it’s medium-bodied, has terrific balance, plenty of both tannins and acidity, and a great finish. Drink this brilliant Village wine any time (give it a decant if drinking any time soon) over the coming 15 years or so. Drink: 2020 - 2035"
Good crimson. Rich with hints of oak and nice subtle fruit. Silky, rich, lovely texture. Tastes much grander than it is. The Gevrey Chambertin wine has high colour, is intensively aromatic, evoking blackberries and other small red and black fruits. A well built wine, combining blending tannins with abundant mellowness. The grapes come from the vineyards from the village of Gevrey-Chambertin in the north of the Côte de Nuits. Soil : clay and limestone. Medium slope. 100% Pinot Noir. Guyot pruning with different yearly works in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches).
ABOUT DOMAINE VINCENT GIRARDIN
Vincent Girardin is a highly regarded Burgundy domaine based in Meursault. It makes a wide range of wines from both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay although the latter predominates. Most holdings span the Côte de Beaune, from grand cru sites such as Le Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne, through premiers crus in Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Santenay, all the way down to vineyards at village-level and regional appellations.
The domaine has around 22 hectares (54 acres) of owned vineyards and also acts as a négoce, buying in fruit 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, the grapes undergo fermentations using indigenous yeasts, followed by long maturation on the fine lees. Vincent Girarden does not use a high proportion of new oak to mature its wines.