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1996 Pernand Vergelesses, Ier Cru, Girard

1996 Pernand Vergelesses, Ier Cru, Girard

Red | Drink now | Jean-Jacques Girard | Code:  907200 | 1996 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Beaune > Pernand Vergelesses | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Jean-Jacques Girard

Jean-Jacques Girard

Originally founded in 1529 by Jean Girard, this is one of Savigny's oldest domaines. Jean-Jacques Girard is thriving in his new rôle as sole proprietor following the split with his brother Philippe just prior to the 1998 vintage. Jean-Jacques has built a fine new cuverie and his wines are getting better with the passing of every vintage.

With his long experience of viticulture, Jean-Jacques firmly believes that the best wines are made in the vineyard, and thus focuses his efforts on optimising the quality and health of the grapes themselves, which is reflected in his delightfully supple wines.

The Grape

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.

The Region

Pernand Vergelesses

Pernand-Vergelesses is a beautiful, small village tucked away behind the hill of Corton. Coming from Beaune, you have the Vergelesses and excellent Ile des Vergelesses vineyards on your left, facing due east, and the Corton-Charlemagne vineyards on the right, facing south-west. The red wines of Pernand (60 percent of production), excepting the two Vergelesses vineyards, can be on the austere side while the whites are racy and mineral.

Pernand-Vergelesses is an excellent source for fine Burgundy at a relatively affordable price. Jadot have registered their own name, Le Clos de la Croix de Pierre (The Stone Cross), in a vineyard which is shown on the maps as En Caradeux, facing the mighty hill of Corton. The lower part of the slope is an excellent site for Pinot Noir, while whites are grown on lighter soils higher up.

 

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