Pierre Girardin Volnay
Pierre Girardin, son of Vincent Girardin, is the 13th generation of his family to make wine in Burgundy. Pierre spent a significant part of his childhood in his family’s vineyards and cellar, both helping and learning from his father. Pierre is now in charge of the 4.5 hectares of his best sites, primarily in Meursault, Pommard and Volnay.
His interest lies in how best to express the characters of individual sites with purity and precision, and for this reason he vinifies on a ‘micro-cuvée’ scale. Although Pierre has primarily learnt winemaking from his father, he is full of new ideas and techniques, which he has put into practice in his newly built winery in Meursault. He practices low-intervention winemaking, using indigenous yeasts to help capture the purity of each site.
A mélange of ripe black cherries, wild raspberries and plums coats the palate with generosity and a bit of boldness – flaunting the ripeness of the vintage. With a little “air time”, sweet blue fruits emerge, as well as hints of chocolate, minerals and earthy spices. This is a wine that mellows and broadens in the glass, becoming more generous and fruit dominant, but with a greater sense of layers and nuance waiting to emerge. It just wants time, and thankfully, time is on its side.
If you enjoy your Pinot fruit-forward and bright you'll find great joy in this now. If you enjoy Volnay at it's most multifaceted, you’ll want to pop this in the cellar for 6 - 12 months (at least) . And, if you’re somewhere in the middle – you're a Volnay lover but can't bear to wait – decant for a good hour and drink up!