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Pierre Girardin - To Be Young & Talented in Burgundy
Pierre-Vincent Girardin is young.
Young, as in he is a winemaker who, on his first trip to America, wasn't old enough to order a glass of wine, young.
When I first tasted his wines from Burgundy a few years ago, I thought they showed a lot of promise.
Having recently tasted his latest releases from 2020, I think it's time to replace 'promise' with 'brilliance'.
Now in his early 20s, Pierre is proving to be one of the most talented young winemakers on Earth, not just in his home region.
He is the 13th generation of the Girardin family to make wine in Burgundy, and his father Vincent is a legend in this game. From the time he could walk, Pierre-Vincent was in the vineyards or the cellar with his dad. When you think about it, an upbringing can't really get any more 'Burgundian' than his.
When his father sold his estate, he held back some of his finest parcels to pass on to his son, and used his extensive network in the region to line up contracts with many other famous sites. It's no wonder why PV's list of sites reads like a Who's Who roll of Burgundy of vineyards.
His whites have gone from the super-reductive style, to a clean, bright and classic, and his reds are expressive and supple, with great transparency and classic, subtle structure. The level of refinement here is flat-out remarkable. Even the Bourgogne Blanc is a stunner.
It's always exciting to find great Burgundies that are both relatively affordable and relatively available, and with Pierre's wines still off the radar of many, that's indeed the case here.
With a set of wines this stunning, however, I can't imagine that that will continue for many more vintages.
These are absolutely spectacular wines, and if the strides PV has made over the last few vintages are any indicator, he's on a steady cruise into the stratosphere.
These wines are the real deal...and so is Pierre-Vincent...so you should act accordingly!
PIERRE-VINCENT GIRARDIN 2020
Bourgogne Blanc Eclat de Calcaire
Meursault Les Narvaux
Meursault Les Narvaux 1.5L
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles 1.5L
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Vigne Blanche
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée 1.5L
Vosne Romanée Aux Champs Perdrix
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 1.5L
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