2020 Beaune, Les Avaux, 1er Cru, Camille Giroud, Burgundy

2020 Beaune, Les Avaux, 1er Cru, Camille Giroud, Burgundy

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2020 Beaune, Les Avaux, 1er Cru, Camille Giroud, Burgundy

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Camille Giroud owns a modest one-third of a hectare in this 18-hectare vineyard, planted in the early 1980s on deep clay mixed with limestone erosions. It can be rather muscular, but Carel uses 40% whole-bunch to add some mid-palate sweetness, and floral notes that soften the edges. The result is juicy and perfumed with plenty of charm. Drink 2027-2040. 
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Jasper Morris MW89-92/100
Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
Jasper Morris MW89-92/100
25% whole bunch vinification shows quite prominently on the nose, while the very low yield makes this unbelievably intense. 13.5% and the fruit is more red than black, but every aspect is ultra-concentrated including good acidity. This is a long-term keeper and will work very well. Though there is a core of intense raspberry fruit through the middle, some attractive black fruit adorns the finish.

Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy (January 2022) Read more
Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100
The 2020 Beaune Les Cras 1er Cru is 100% whole bunch and that is detectable on the nose, they integrated with the fruit, hints of sous-bois and cracked black pepper, redcurrant and cranberry. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite saline in the mouth, gently fanning out towards the menthol-tinged finish that is just a little strong at the moment. Let’s see how it shows in bottle - quite precocious.

Drink 2024-2038

Neal Martin, Vinous (Oct 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Maison Camille Giroud

Maison Camille Giroud

At Maison Camille Giroud, a diversity of terroir allows for delicious variety. From perfumed, plush reds to perfumed whites; their precise wines are made from plots all across the famed Côte d’Or – what unites each parcel is a signature precision and character.

Founded in 1865, Maison Camille Giroud began as a specialist négociant. They had a few hectares of their own vines, but the vast majority of their wines were purchased from top-ranked growers across the region. They’d then age these wines in their cellars until they reached peak maturity; sometimes decades later.

In 2001, Giroud was purchased by a consortium, counting Napa Valley winery owner Ann Colgin and a number of wine investors as members. They wished to retain the distinctive business model of the maison as well as developing their terroir-driven approach with new, modern techniques. They brought in young winemaker David Croix and undertook a major revamping of the winery.

Many new techniques were introduced, including a wooden press for the red wines, open wooden vats for fermentation, subtle use of oak and minimal racking. David's legacy of innovation was succeeded in 2016 by Carel Voorhuis, who is crafting similarly pure, seductive and terroir-driven wines; and is continuing to manage the valuable cellar.

During the tenure of winemaker David Croix, all wines were made from purchased grapes, with the exception of three cuvées: Beaune Les Avaux and Aux Cras, and Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Au Crêtot. Most of the grapes purchased come from old vines – up to 90 years old in some cases – and all come from producers with whom the maison has longstanding personal relationships.

All grapes are sorted twice. Reds are partially or fully de-stemmed depending on the vintage, and vinified in stainless steel. Whites are vinified in 228- to 600-litre casks; the choice of barrels for ageing is carefully matched to the appellation, and only 15-30% of maturation involves new oak. All wines are fermented with natural yeasts, bottled without fining and with only coarse filtration.

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Beaune

Beaune

The wines of Beaune are usually on the lighter side, especially if from the flatter vineyards on the Pommard side, or the sandier soils towards Savigny. The sturdiest wines with the greatest depth of flavour come from the steeper slopes overlooking the town itself.

The Hospices de Beaune charity auction on the third Sunday in November is one of the highlights of the year. The Hospices building, known as l'Hôtel-Dieu, is well worth visiting. Beaune is also home to several of the region’s best known merchants such as Maisons Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin.
  • 128 hectares of village Beaune and 52 hectares of Côte de Beaune
  • 322 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards. The finest vineyards include Les Grèves, Clos des Mouches
  • Recommended producers:  Germain, Devevey, Domaine des Croix, JadotDrouhinCamille Giroud.
  • Recommended restaurants: Ma Cuisine (not least for the wine list), Le Conty

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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