Maison Vincent Girardin, Rully Les Pucelles 1er Cru 2002

Girardin Rully Pucelle 2002

Lemon yellow color with a touch of gold.  Fresh, fruity nose, a little tropical:  honeysuckle, cantaloupe, some developed citrus notes, herb, mineral.  Rounded, medium weight palate: some nice touches of nut and lemon oil tinged fruit.  A bit of creaminess to it as well.  Nice acidity and good comportment for a Rully 1er cru at age 11.  Oak here has added definition and shape to the wine, not aroma or flavor.  Good for what it is.  And no issues with bottle variability here; this was the last bottle of a case, a bottle we held onto to see how well this would age.  Drink soon.

Rully blancs are certainly worth exploring.  We find them to be just a bit more compelling and consistent than their brethren from Montagny in the Côte Chalonnaise and can be judged on par to the whites from Saint-Aubin in the Côte de Beaune.   Eleven years, however, is pushing the envelope for Rully 1er cru blanc.  Generally speaking, these should be consumed between ages two and five.

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