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Jacques Girardin, Santenay

The Girardin family can trace its roots in the southern part of the Cote de Beaune back to the early 1800s but only after World War II did Jacques' father Jean really start to develop the vineyards with several important sites in Santenay which, on his retirement, were divided between his four children. One of them was Vincent, who built an excellent reputation based on some very high quality wines (we used to buy these for our own enjoyment); another was his brother Jacques who, over the years, has extended his vineyard holdings northwards in Savigny-les-Beaune, Pommard and Chassagne-Montrachet so that today the total vineyard area controlled by this branch of the family is 17 hectares with production in the region of 60,000 bottles. More...

  2013 Santenay 'Les Terrasses de Bievaux'
Citrus characters and good body with a long, fresh finish. more details...
16.50 (Bottle)
69.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2014 Santenay 'Les Terrasses de Bievaux'
Elegant and stylish Chardonnay - closer to Chablis than Montrachet! more details...
17.00 (Bottle)
72.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2012 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau
Very drinkable, smooth Premier Cru Pinot. more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
75.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2013 Santenay 1er Cru Maladiere
A good companion to the Beauregard! more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
75.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2013 Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard
Smooth and unctuous red Santenay. Blacker fruit than is usual for Cotes de Beaune but quite proper for Santenay more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
75.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2012 Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard
Classic Santenay - black fruit and great mouthfeel. more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
75.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2012 Santenay 1er Cru Maladiere
A great Santenay in the making - superbly structured giving way to delicious fruit and a velvet mouthfeel. more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
75.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets
Easy-drinking and very enjoyable Pinot from Savigny. more details...
18.00 (Bottle)
76.50 (6 btls in bond)
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2010 saw the arrival of Jacques and Valerie's son Justin (pictured) as part of the team. Justin had studied viticulture and oenology in Beaune and Bordeaux before joining his parents and then spent the first two vintages working alongside his father in the fields and in the winery. From 2012, he has been running the estate on his own although Jacques and Valerie still get roped in for the fun stuff - such as winter pruning. They are pragmatic in their approach to organic viticulture: Burgundian summers can be cool and, at times, damp so treatments are needed to prevent rot; on the other hand, they are acutely aware that a wine is only as good as the vineyard in which it is grown so a more traditional approach is applied whenever possible. Following a manual harvest and sorting of grapes, fermentation is held at a low temperature to extract fine aromatics before being allowed to rise so that the alcoholic fermentation can take place. Malolactic fermentation takes place a couple of weeks later in oak barrels (one-quarter of which are new) where they remain for 12-18 months at which point they are bottled.

The wines are elegant and authentic Burgundies, the reds smooth and unctuous and the Santenay Blanc proving that rarities can be hidden gems. We have selected the three Premier Cru wines from Santenay which we felt to be a considerable step up from the Village 'Vieilles Vignes', with quite distinct, vineyard specific characters. They all spend 12 months in barriques, 30% new so it really is the terroir that makes the difference. On first taste, 'Maladiere' is more tightly wound but with aeration (or, better still, more time in the bottle) it is, perhaps, the finest of the three whereas 'Beauregard' is fleshier and 'Clos Rouseau' the most instantly accessible. Further north, the Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru 'Les Peuillets' offers surprising depth for this village whilst the Chassagne Rouge (another Premier Cru, from 'Morgeot') is outstanding.

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