Justin Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge 1er Cru “Les Peuillets”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Once very wooded, this site was named after the trees and shrubs present.
- In old French “Peuillier” refers to a coppice or a place where there is little arable land – The only thing that was historically able to grow in these soils was the vine, and a good thing this was the case!
- 50 year-old vines mean tremendous depth and power.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Hand-picked grapes, 15 months in French oak barrels
Tasting Notes: This is a fantastic bottle of premier cru Burgundy. Medium-red with blackberry, redcurrant, and a lovely floral lift on the nose. Quite peppery and spicy, with nicely integrated acidity keeping this quite firm and stylish. Finishes with a note of fruity peppercorn.
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.