In a nutshell: A smooth and nicely rounded Côte de Beaune white Burgundy from one of the area's most attractive villages.
The lowdown: The Girardins have been making wine in this part of Burgundy for many generations and although the business is today under new ownership the domaine is still producing some incredibly well crafted wines with a real focus on the life and health of the vineyards, which really comes through in the quality of wines produced. Saint-Romain is a small appellation near Beaune where the distinction of the wines were first noted in 1947. The grapes for this wine are twice sorted before fermentation and then aged in oak casks. The concentrated flavours contain fresh citrus, ripe peach, light toasty notes, touches of honey and an elegant buttery richness. It all rounds off with a good, clean acidity and a long finish.
When to drink: Drinking beautifully now, this is just right with poultry, white fish and soft cheeses.
Vincent Girardin, who had built up his domaine from small beginnings in 1980, sold his business in 2012 to move on pastures new. During that time he had established the business as one of the most highly respected in the Côte de Beaune. Very sensibly, the new owners took the decision to retain head winemaker Eric Germain which has meant that, in practice, nothing has changed. They continue to work with the highest quality raw materials and Eric continues to make the wines, as he has done for over fifteen years. Indeed, now he is free from other constraints if anything the wines have gained in precision over the last few vintages. There is no bâtonnage and extended maturation in barrel, giving the white wines greater tension, elegance, energy and purity. In Christophe Marrin, they now, also, have a specialist red winemaker who will work under Eric. And already finer, more elegant red wines are emerging as a result.