Camille Girouds Blancs – 2013


DSC06565Tasted in Beaune with David Croix, March 6th 2015.

Maison Camille Giroud
3 Rue Pierre Joigneaux
21200 Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 22 12 65

I missed the whites here when I tasted at the end of 2014, but here was the perfect opportunity to taste, as the wines had been assembled and were soon to be bottled – well, all assembled apart from the Corton-Charlemagne – as there was only one barrel of that one!

The whites of Camille Giroud are often neglected because the reds are so good and offer so much value, but it’s a real loss if you overlook this narrow but compelling range of whites:

2013 Bourgogne Blanc
Will be bottling this next week. Grapes from Corpeau and Puligny.
Weighty and round with a faint herb. Also round in the mouth, a little mineral and slight richness too, yet the acidity is okay. Big in the finish, and there’s lots of flavour here.

2013 Auxey-Duresses
Lovely, high-toned, mineral, fresh and intense – really super – and that’s just the nose! Silky, intense but direct and decently fresh. Really lovely wine. Yum.

2013 Meursault
A direct and narrow nose, fresh and interesting with a little attenuating sulfur(?) Certainly it’s a hint reductive. Fine, mineral concentration and very good texture too followed by a good burst of fresh mid-palate flavour that distinguishes it from the other wines. Very good.

2013 Meursault Poruzots
Here the nose is a little rounder and certainly deeper, yet still a little tight. Gorgeous mouth-feel of silky, direct fruit and minerals. Again some richness, but balanced and with fine weight in the long finish – indeed a super finish!

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers
Wider aromas, inviting, squeaky-clean nose – lots of complexity here – gorgeous! Beautiful freshness and energy, wide and complex too with a fine-textured mineral palate. Simply excellent.

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Tête du Clos
A wider nose, more understated but also very complex and nicely fresh. A more direct wine, with growing intensity a wide mid-palate complexity. The finish is very long but discreetly so, not with the bravado of the Vergers today though – normally of the two, I much prefer this wine but today (at least) the reverse.

2013 Corton-Charlemagne
Big, open aromas though with a faint oaky reduction yet still with intense ripe citrus. Very mineral and wide. Easily the most linear and mineral wine here; very long finishing too. A wine that take’s some time to open and eventually encapsulate your tongue – but it does!

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