Top Vineyard, Serious Vintage, Great Price!
Just 100 Cases for the World and we've got some more to offer
We offered this Chassagne Premier Cru White last Wednesday without realizing just how rare it is. Justin Girardin has provided some more info including the revelation that only 100 cases are produced annually!
The Girardins have been in Burgundy for thirteen generations. Justin is the latest family member to take control of the 17 hectare estate and we are seeing the change of name from Domaine Jacques Girardin to Domaine Justin Girardin.
The domaine includes a tiny 0.17 hectare parcel of Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot. The vineyard, first planted in 1150, surrounds the Abbaye de Morgeot, once home to the Cistercian monks. The soil is gravelly, clayey, limestone soil which provides good drainage and a mineral complexity. Jasper Morris says "Morgeots can have weight, power, profundity and the ability to deliver wines with considerable ageing potential." It is one of Chassagne-Montrachet's best known vineyards.
We are delighted, for the first time, to offer the Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Blanc from Domaine Girardin. What is nice, with the domaine being small and on the rise, is the price. At under $100 a bottle this is a real bargain. We have additional bottles to offer today but please be quick, at this price they won't last.
Domaine Justin (Jacques) Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Normal Price $119.95
Pre Arrival Price $99.95
We're too early for a review on this wine but we do have some technical specifications. The average age of the vines is 30 years. the grapes are manually harvested with elevage in barrels of which 25% are new. Expect a wine with minerality and power - a classic white Burgundy from a great vintage.
This is the historic first vintage under the Domaine Justin Girardin label and it is exceptional value.
Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media says of the 2014 White Burgundy vintage "As a vintage, the 2014 whites show a lovely natural balance of fruit, flesh and acidity. The wines are for the most part a bit higher in acidity than the 2013s, but they are less likely to come across as sharp since they possess considerably more buffering material.""Two thousand fourteen appears to be a very good, classic crop of concentrated, fleshy wines that will offer good early appeal and age well. In my cellar visits in late spring, a few growers compared the 2014s to their 2010s in tautness, noting that the 2014s can possess even purer fruit, while others say that the '14s are less aromatically complex. But the fruit in 2014 was ripe and clean, and the concentration and dry extract in the young wines suggest that there is more ahead for the '14s. Most growers agree that while the 2014s are fruity in their youth and relatively easy to taste, they will have at least mid-term aging potential." Sounds nearly perfect to me!