Tasted in Beaune with David Croix, the 2nd October, 2014.
Maison Camille Giroud
3 Rue Pierre Joigneaux
Tel: +33 3 80 22 12 65+33 3 80 22 12 65
Just a chance visit and the wines were open and waiting – so why not(?) David didn’t seem particularly happy with how the wines showed, but I thought this a pretty classic presentation for the vintage just now.
2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers
Medium gold colour. A deeper and heavier scent – faintly sugared but with Chassagne herbs too. Smoother and silkier and certainly another level of concentration vs the Bourgogne. A very nice wine to contemplate – it’s sneakily long too. Understated, but a honey…
2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Tête du Clos
Aromatically, this is very similar to the Les Vergers, just an additional undertow of toasted bread. But te toast slowly fades to reveal another layer of citrus skin. Ouf! A fuller attack here – less silky smooth but more energy. An ebullient wine that delivers a strongly mineral finishing note. Yum!
Wide and smooth, it’s a textbook Meursault nose of faint ginger-cake. More direct wine – even after the Tête du Clos – certainly more fruit-flavoured; ripe but tempered with good acidity and very good intensity. Fine and intense in the finish too. Fine!
Higher-toned and with some herb aromas too – a clean and fresh nose, verging on soapy-clean (like a lot of 10s). In the mouth, it’s lithe and muscular – lots of mineral and no fat – there’s a fine growth of flavour intensity in the mid-palate too. The finish seems to tail-off but then sustains a low, long, bass note…