Justin Girardin Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau"

Justin Girardin Santenay 1er Cru “Clos Rousseau”


  • Many names of places said in Burgundy are associated with the name of the owner at a certain time. This is the case for this site that belonged to a Mr. Rousseau.
  • Vines here are 40 years in age.

Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: Hand picked grapes, aged 15 months in used French oak barrels


2016 – 92 Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice”

2018 – 92 Wine Enthusiast

2019 – 90 Wine Spectator


The Girardin name has been synonymous with elite level Burgundy for 700 years, most recently through the wines of Justin’s uncle, Vincent Girardin, and his father, Jacques Girardin.  With the provenance of this family’s holdings and the talent seemingly entrenched in this bloodline, Justin is more than a name to watch – He is without question one of the most exciting young names in the region, farming 17 hectares of vines in Pommard, Chassagne Montrachet, and Savigny-lès-Beaune using organic and biodynamic practices.

Transparency is the name of the game – Only native yeast is used here, and it is rare to experience the influence of new oak in any of Justin’s bottlings.  The family believes in clonal diversity as both a way to preserve culture and a way to increase complexity of finished wines – You’ll see a dizzying number of clonal selections in each of their vineyard holdings.  These are Burgundies of precision, and also wines that deliver tremendous value.

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