2005 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Rouge "Emotion de Terroirs"

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In a terrific vintage like 2005, this drinks WAY above its price-point. As Allen Meadows writes about Girardin in this vintage: "the last few vintages really do seem to corroborate what he's saying about wanting to make more classically styled wines. And to this end Vincent told me that he "used up to 60% of the stems in his wine from the Côte de Nuits and up to 30% in those from the Côte de Beaune. 2005 is an aristocratic vintage that isn't at all fruity or forward and thus I did long but soft vinifications with no punch downs, only pump-overs. And I'm also doing a long élevage as well with less new wood too, which is to say between 30 and 40%. For me 2005 is a great vintage, even better than 1999 and I believe the wines, both red and white, will age extremely well." This cuvée comes 75% from Marsannay, 10 % from Gevrey Chambertin, and 15% from Bourgogne Rouge vineyards below Vosne Romanée and Chambolle Musigny.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/21/2010  | Send Email
Here we have an 05 red Burg from vineyards of good provenance for under $20? Can this be? Forget that Vincent Girardin is a biodynamic producer who uses native yeasts and bottles by the lunar calendar...this wine is anything but lunar. With red fruit and earthy aromatics, the Emotion is a class-act. Medium-bodied, flavorful, and textured, there is suprising weight and richness on the palate for a wine so humbly priced. Enjoyable now (give it an hour or so to open) this little wine seems built for further development in the near term.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/15/2010  | Send Email
This super bargain is ripe, smooth, deep and rich. Delicious now with all sorts of food, this will develope nicely in a cool cellar over the next 5 to 8 years. 25% of the fruit comes from Gevre Chambertin and just below Vosne Romanee and Chambolle Musigny. 2005 was a fantastic vintage and this drinks well above its pedigree.
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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/7/2010  | Send Email
I hope Monsieur Giradin doesn't mind me saying this, but this would be a perfect "stepping-stone" wine for anyone out there who loves California Pinot Noir and wants to take a leap into the world of Red Burgundy. The wines from this producer, both red and white, I opine, have always been very friendly to the "new world" palate, and this wine is no exception. Plush, ripe, with lovely red and black fruits, but with some underlying earthiness that is decidedly Burgundian. Price is right too, so pop this baby without hesitation next time the Pinot mood strikes. CM

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/31/2010  | Send Email
This is a terrific Bourgogne Rouge. It showcases the vintages fruit and charm with the right amount of tannin and acidity to balance it out. This is a perfect spring red.

 By: David Hatchell |  Review Date: 5/11/2010 
This wine needs some time to soften up-- great tannins hold this wine up for a while before it relaxes into virtuosity through its nice structure and well-balanced flavors. I agree that it drinks well above its price point-- Im buying more and holding them a few years--

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.