Vincent Girardin Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots Pinot Noir Burgundy 2009

Vincent Girardin Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots Pinot Noir Burgundy 2009

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Maison Vincent Girardin
2009
Vosne-Romanée "Suchots" 1er
1er Cru Red barrel
Score: 88-91 Burghound
Tasted: May 06, 2011
Drink: 2016+
Issue: 42

Producer note: As I have mentioned in the past, in contrast to the style of the whites where the wines have become progressively purer and more revelatory of their underlying terroir, I find that the style of the Vincent Girardin reds has not really evolved much as they remain relatively modern. This is to say there is an emphasis on juicy and very ripe fruit coupled with suave mouth feels, all wrapped in noticeable but by no means dominant oak. Otherwise expressed, the Girardin reds are clearly marked by the winemaking imprint, which as I noted, is much less true today of his whites. Interestingly though, Girardin remarked that for 2009 he used between 50 and 60% whole clusters with no punch downs for the vinification. See the En Plus section for reviews on la Tour du Bief, Girardin's new project in Moulin-à-Vent. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, AL; Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, Adnams, www.adnams.co.uk, Berkmann Wine Cellars, www.berkmann.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, and Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: Strong reduction renders the nose impossible to fairly evaluate. There is however excellent richness to the suave and velvety middle weight flavors that exude plenty of palate staining extract and an attractive mineral streak that adds a bit of lift to the mildly macerated finish. This is appealing if a bit stylistically particular because like the Cazetiers, there is some blurriness to the mid-palate and finish.