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Camille Giroud – 2013

DSC05697Tasted in Beaune with David Croix, 30 October, 2014.

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

David on 2013:
“Well, there’s more wine than in 2012 – that’s something. There was certainly more rain in the Côte de Beaune than in the Côte de Nuits, but of-course the main feature was the hail of the 23rd July. August was really lovely summer weather, September more mixed.”

The wines…

Like at des Croix, David has another very good set of wines on his hands. “Some wines are ready”, notes David but bottling won’t start until December, possibly January.

2013 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
A mix of sources from Premeaux, Volnay and Maranges.
Plenty of colour. A high-toned, quite fresh nose with good red fruit. Round, with good structure and a nice inner sweetness. Great fruit here and a fine Bourgogne.

2013 Volnay
A blend of fruit from two parcels; Grand Champs and the villages portion (the bottom) of Les Lurets.
There’s more depth here – dark fruit and flowers too – delightful. Lithe and a little mineral, some muscle and no fat. Super mid-palate flavour – really pure – this is excellent.

2013 Santenay
A mix of villages and 1er cru fruit from La Comme.
A subtle note of reduction but with lovely flashes of clean, dark fruit. There’s a hint of gas but also fine, high-toned, fruit. There’s a fine acid lift in the mid-palate – a different shape to the Volnay but also delicious!

2013 Maranges 1er Croix au Moines
A more mineral nose that’s fresh and shows darker red fruit at its core – but it’s a tight core. Wide, sinewy with a core of muscle not fat.

2013 Santenay 1er Clos Rousseau
A lovely width of bright red fruit and florality. Lovely texture too to augment the fine deep and complex flavour. A long finish with more herb-like flavours. Splendid.
2013 Beaune 1er
Something of a ‘Craveau’ – there was so little to harvest that it wasn’t possible to separately vinify the Cras and Avaux, so here together – still only 8 hl/ha.
A beautiful nose that’s round, fresh and faintly sweetened. Also round in the mouth, detailed, good concentration and very pretty. Gorgeous wine with a late arriving tannin.
2013 Volnay 1er Les Lurets
A small 1er from where Champans and Caillerets meet.
Good width and a lovely weight of crunchy, berry-fruit aroma. More lithe, mineral and powerful with a late-arriving tannic drag. This has very fine detail and complexity with a beautifully lingering flavour. Super!

2013 Volnay 1er Santenots
An obvious, forward and floral nose with a top layer of violets and deep but narrow fruit below. Good concentration and density. I love the finish – a burst of freshness that explodes through much more elegant tannin than the previous 2 wines.

2013 Marsannay Longeroies
Ouf! What a nose! It’s big, opulent but detailed. Big in the mouth too – but not fat. There is complexity, purity and some spice. Simply lovely.

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin
Wide and modest aromatics (very modest after the Marsannay), but seemingly textured and certainly interesting. In the mouth this is wide, indeed large-scaled, fresh and faintly salted. Really good intensity and long finishing – super!

2013 Vosne-Romanée
Quite a discreet nose. In the mouth it’s quite a big wine, with texture and more depth but overall it’s also a tighter wine than the Gevrey today. The last drops in the glass show a very pretty face though.

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaux St.Jacques
2 barrels – no new oak though – a 2 and a 4-year-old barrel. “I don’t like new oak in Lavaux, because it has a cool character that is easily lost with new oak.” I notes so much about barrels I almost forgot my note:
A wide and complex nose. There’s a little tannic texture – lovely wine – super!

2013 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Boudots
There’s a little reduction but there is also depth and a little chocolaty-complexity. More interesting in the mouth than the Lavaux – fine structure and depth – without fat. Complex wine that could be very good indeed. There’s a nice finish and the last drops in the glass are very pretty indeed – no reduction and no chocolate!

2013 Charmes-Chambertin
Ouf! Deep nose. Fine intensity, cushioned and concentrated wine. Very fine!

2013 Corton Clos du Roi
A modest but super-silky aromatic – faintly floral too. Big, direct and concentrated – no fat here – but there’s velvet. Excellent with just a faint tannic dryness in the finish.

2013 Clos de Vougeot
A big nose, spiced, round and exciting. Big and round in the mouth too – structured but not harsh. As often here, a super CV!

2013 Chambertin
A wide and silky nose that’s super-complex. Wide in the mouth too, with a long, mineral finish. Really excellent!

Les Blancs…

2013 Auxey-Duresses
A deep nose but with high-tones too. Wide, juicy and mineral – super mid-palate growth of flavour intensity.

2013 Meursault 1er Perusots
A nose that’s wide and has some depth too – a lovely, involving Meursault nose. A little gas but there’s lovely flavour behind. Tasty!

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers
Biscuity with a little sulfur. Super-mineral, super-intense and long – yum! It just needs the nose to clear up a little…

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Tête du Clos
High-toned with super depth too – a little less aromatic width than the last wines though.Super-complex, juicy and mouth-watering. This is really excellent – super wine!!

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