Domaine Girardin is very much a family affair. With a winemaking heritage that stretches back to the beginning of the 19th Century, Jacques (brother of Vincent) now runs the 17ha family domaine together with his wife, Valérie, and son Justin. Whilst not being officially certified, Jacques uses many organic techniques as he is passionate about producing wines that express terroir. The results are superbly perfumed, multi-layered wines.
Domaine Girardin is located in the south of Burgundy in the commune of Santenay, the most southerly area of the fabled Côte d'Or. It comprises a mere 8 hectares (17.6 acres). However, all of Girardin’s red wine holdings warrant Premier Cru status. The family’s most heralded red wine hails from the 1er Cru vineyards of Beauregard and Clos Rousseau in Santenay.
The 2016 Clos Rousseau comes across as delicate yet complex. Elegance and history characterise this special wine that is both refined and oozing with flavour. Although still in its youth, the 2016 Clos Rousseau red Burgundy is already delicious and reveals itself as a charming and satisfying dinner companion. Properly served in a wide-bowled glass, this appealing ruby red wine immediately ingratiates itself with a set of pretty aromatics that begin with soft scents of ripe cherries and strawberries mingled with a fresh woodsy aroma. In the mouth, this seductive red wine offers an incomparable silky texture to convey its delicate fruit and spice tones..
Coq au Vin immediately springs to mind as a well suited companion. Yet, for our taste, almost any chicken or poultry dish prepared with mushrooms pairs superbly with Jacques Girardin’s classic 2015 Clos Rousseau Santenay.
"Barrel sample. Lightish crimson. Tastes riper than the Santenay Maladière, more obviously fruity but still a little stemmy, in a good way. Dry finesse on the palate. Subtle rather than generous but harmonious in this style. Unexpected length.
16 / 20 Points."
(Julia Harding, JR Purple Pages, Jan 2018)