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2010 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets"

SKU #1295435 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* This is also quite restrained with a similarly styled nose of cool mineral-reduction, citrus zest and dried white flower aromas. There is a wonderful sense of underlying tension to the stony, intense and beautifully well-delineated flavors that possess excellent length on the impeccably well-balanced finish. The class of a fine Caillerets is on display here.  (6/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright straw-yellow. Lemon, coconut and vanilla on the slightly exotic nose. Fat, rich and pliant on the front half, mouthfilling without coming across as heavy. Then ripe but a bit youthfully aggressive on the back, with strong lemony fruit carrying through to a long, bracing finish. This energetic wine is very young. 93+ (ST)  (9/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* A signature wine for Girardin, this is powerful and rich, with apricot, quince and green plum fruits that are layered within the taut texture. A toast note rounds out this complex, ageworthy wine. (RV)  (11/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful, strapping white, boasting lemon, apple, mineral and spice flavors, all marshaled by bracing acidity. Lean and coiled, this delivers a lingering floral, citrus and mineral aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2026. (BS)  (7/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet Clos du Cailleret comes across as cool, inward and reticent. It is a gorgeous, complete wine loaded with both fruit and minerality. Accordingly, the Clos du Cailleret needs time to come together. The age of the vines and the high percentage of shot berries contribute to the richness and sheer weight of the fruit. This is a promising wine, but it needs time. The Clos du Cailleret is the last parcel harvested at the maison. 92+ (AG)  (8/2014)

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- 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.
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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.