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2003 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Corton-CharlemagneDec. 2006
An oversize and overweight ’statement bottle’ with a super-deep punt. Medium yellow. The nose shouts ‘pear-drops’ before becoming a more subtle blend with classic white blossom and higher-toned alcoholic notes. The palate is quite well concentrated and reasonably long, it just needs an extra dab of acidity to carry the ample mid-palate through into the finish. Almost good.
2001 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Vosne-Romanée Vieilles VignesMar. 2006
Medium-plus colour, more ruby than cherry-red. The nose is deep, slightly peppery and is ringed with sweet (as opposed to toasty) oak. Good balance, very good acidity, drying but not rustic tannin and a finish that is, like the nose, ringed with sweet oak influence and creamy notes. Plenty of concentration, a very good value wine.
2001 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Corton-CharlemagneNov. 2004
Pale yellow. Lovely nose – shows some intensity. The palate is super and very Charlemagne. A different expression, but close to the Dubreuil-Fontaine in quality. Tasty but more expensive than the Boillot or Bonneau du Martray…
2001 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Charmes-ChambertinNov. 2004
Medium, medium-plus colour. Nice earthy red fruit on the nose. Sweeter than the last wine, nice acidity and very good length. Good concentration. Good wine and closer to Grand Cru quality.
2001 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Grands-EchézeauxNov. 2004
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has black fruit, a little oak and faint gamey notes. A step up in concentration though well short of the best examples. Nicely intense black fruit and good length. Really need another 4-5 years to integrate all the parts – not least the oak. Very nice, if a second division GE.
2001 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Puligny-Montrachet CailleretsNov. 2004
Golden colour. The nose starts with a few barrel notes that make the nose slightly buttery, higher tones of lemon too. The palate has good acidity and a nicely intense fruit that follows well into the slightly sweet finish. There is a little harshness on the palate but this will fade. A nice wine.
2000 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Clos de la RocheNov. 2004
Medium colour. The nose shows high toned berry fruits and low gamey notes. The palate is also a little gamey though again with plenty of berry fruit. More mineral than fat, this wine doesn’t show the required density for the label. Nice wine though, but more of a very good villages than a Grand Cru – certainly not worth the cash.
1999 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Puligny-Montrachet CailleretsNov. 2004
Golden colour. Intense nose that is concentrated and very Puligny but shows just a little more buttery character than my preference. The palate is also quite concentrated but to me has an oxidative streak through the middle – others called this honey. I’ll let them buy the bottle instead of me then – good finish though.
2000 En Truffière (Vincent Girardin), Puligny-Montrachet Champs GainsJul. 2004
Golden colour. Nose is a little solid and unyielding, shows some depth though. Palate betrays the truth – good density, acidity seems in balance, but badly tainted…
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