Chambertin, Vincent Girardin 2010
This is also notably restrained and quite cool though the wood is presently strong enough to all but dominate the dark berry fruit and wet stone nuances. There is excellent energy to the tension-filled and overtly muscular flavors that exhibit fine power and concentration on the linear, dry, clean and austere finish that delivers outstanding length. This is quite awkward today and the wood is far from subtle but the underlying phenolics and density of material are such that it seems relatively certain that this will come together in time. Note however that it will need plenty of it.
|Score: 92/94||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (46), April 2012|
Deep, bright red-ruby. Reticent, slightly reduced aromas of black cherry, leather, game and espresso, plus some oak yet to be absorbed. One senses the strong potential of this very dense, primary wine but it's still an infant today, and not yet revealing its underlying complexity. But this is rich, sweet and soil-drven, finishing with substantial, broad, dusty tannins and savory earthy nuances. This will need several years in the bottle to come into harmony.
|Score: 92/95||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January 2012|
Immediately powerful, leaping out of the glass with smoky intense aromas that pack both fruit concentration and an almost herbaceous savouriness. Raspberries, strawberries and red foraging berries are all distinctive on the nose and follow through to the dense flavour of the palate. Though this wine is light, there is a power to all the flavours here that is simple staggering. The layers of complexity meld together seamlessly in this ethereal effort from Girardin. The finish is minutes long and the wine seems to gain in complexity after it leaves the palate. We were absolutely blown away by this offering.
| ||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, January 2012|
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