Domaine Vincent Girardin, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru 2008

Girardin Chassagne Cailleret 2008

Pale straw-yellow color.  Cool, reticent and a bit reductive on the nose:  white and yellow orchard fruit, alpine flower, gunflint from the oak, nettle and a good depth of soil.  On the palate, this has some sinew and density to it, mineral rich, a bit coiled and medium-full: white peach, apricot, citrus peel, key lime.  Lemony acidity.  Close to bracing in its intensity.  Grippier than usual for Girardin; almost stern.   We usually find Girardin’s Chassagne Caillerets to run right between the tackles.  This is a more serious, a more contemplative example.  How much is vintage and how much is a possible change in style will be very interesting to follow.  A fine bottle.  Now – 2020+.

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