Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain・Vincent Girardin 2019

Product name: Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Champs Guins

Producer name: Vincent Girardin

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: France > Burgundy


(The following is from the importer materials)
"Eric and Marco are the key people"
Currently, it is managed mainly by Eric Germain (Enolog) and Marco Casquera (Export and Sales). Eric is Vincent Girardin's winemaker and a key person involved in all aspects of winemaking. Meursault was born and raised in Meursault. Marco is from Lyon and is in charge of all export and sales within France.

“The ideal is the field work of people in the past + a winery with modern equipment.”
Our winemaking philosophy is ``Try the fields as much as possible, and let the winemaking be as natural as possible.'' However, the facilities are modern. "is. We use a moon calendar for cultivation and brewing. While fields require the same amount of labor as in the past, we believe it will be very important in the future to have perfect modern equipment that can properly control temperature for brewing as the world continues to warm.

"New vision, approach"
Eric brought a new vision and approach to winemaking. Specifically, it means "traditional wine making". For example, previous Vincent Girardin wines were very rich and oaky. In contrast, Eric's new style is pure, elegant, and more complex wines. The proportion of new barrels is significantly reduced compared to when Vincent Girardin himself was making wine. At the same time, we lengthened the aging period. The aging period, which used to be as short as 10 to 12 months, has been extended to over two winters (approximately 18 months). Since two vintages are aged in barrels at the same time, of course we need twice as many barrels as before, and this process is actually very expensive. Therefore, the first few years were very expensive to invest. However, it was a necessary decision in order to realize the new vision that Eric brought to us.

négociant winemaker
In 1982, Vincent Girardin started making his own wine with a 2ha vineyard inherited from his parents. And he quickly achieves success. However, Vincent was very young at the time, in his early twenties, and did not have enough money to purchase fields even if he wanted to increase production. However, he did not like to buy wines that were a blend of grapes from different plots just to increase production. This is because I wanted to stick to the style of winemaking that I like.

So Vincent visits grape farmers he knows in the neighborhood and asks them, ``Would you let me buy the grapes instead of the wine?'' That's how we began making wine as a ``négociant winemaker,'' which is now a pioneer in Burgundy. Nowadays, many great domaines also make wine as négociant winemakers. As a result, places that used to call themselves ``Domaine 〇〇'', including famous domaines, are now labeled without the ``Domaine'' part.

evaluation <br>In Hugh Johnson's "Pocket Wine Book 2019", red★★→★★★ was listed as a "white specialist based in Meursault".
Selected as one of the "TOP 100 WINERIES OF 2019" by "Wine & Spirits".
Promoted to 4-star producer in "Guide des Vins Bettanne + Desauves 2019". It received a 4-star rating in the 2020 edition of the same magazine. Producers with the same rating include Domaine Dujac, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogué, Domaine Robert Groffier Père et Fils, and many more.

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