2009 Vincent Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Serpentieres"

SKU #1083139 89 points Wine Spectator

 A more exotic fruit profile, somewhere between boysenberry and pomegranate, graces this lush red. Supple and fresh, tightening up on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 223 cases imported.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

We are delighted to have a range of Vincent Girardin's 2009s, which are charming wines. As Burghound remarks: "...there is an emphasis on juicy and very ripe fruit coupled with suave mouth feels, all wrapped in noticeable but by no means dominant oak." If you like minerality, do not miss the 2009 Savignylès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Serpentieres," which comes from a vineyard with a favorable southern exposure and fairly heavy soil, leading to rich, focused wines of style. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2012 | Send Email
'Les Serpentieres' is a 1er Cru vineyard with a comparably cool microclimate. Ripeness can be an issue in cooler years, but when a nice, warm vintage like 2009 comes along, the fruit really sings. This offers a nose of tangy red fruits with rocky mineral and woodsy spice undertones. It is vibrant and fresh, but opens to reveal a suprising fleshiness along with cola and exotic spice complexities. Focused acidity makes the finish glide along seamlessly. Enjoy this delicious Savigny young with food or lay away for further development in bottle - you won't regret it!

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