This is a delicate wine marked by a dominant red fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant).
Wine pairings for red or white meat, game birds. Avoid excessive sauces may mask the delicate flavours.
This red wine is made from several parcels: one in the lower part of the Bievaux, on the Clos Genet and on the Sous la Roche climate. The origin of the name "Les Bievaux" is detailed on the page "Les Terrasses de Bievaux". Clos Genet is a climate located west of Santenay which is said to have belonged to the Genet family, a name that is very common in the Côte d'Or and the Saône et Loire. The climat Sous le Roche is on the top of the hillside and takes its name from a large limestone cliff above the parcel.
These three parcels on three different climates do not have the same terroir, but have similar characteristics. Firstly, the south-east exposure and then a clayey-limestone soil which is predominantly clay, and which remains relatively thin compared to some Premiers Crus. By blending the wine from these different parcels, we obtain a wine rich in fruity aromas balanced with the woody character of the vinification.
The Girardin family has been in Burgundy since 1570. Vincent and Jacque's father Jean Girardin divided up his estate in 1982 to each of his four children. Three of the four: Yves, Vincent and Jacques continued the family tradition of farming and winemaking. Jacques took hold of just 3 hectares of vines in Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune and today the holdings stretch into Pommard and Chassagne-Montrachet totalling 17 hectares that are organically farmed, though not certified. Jacques handed over the domaine to Justin in 2012, leaving the family holdings in great hands.
Justin's philosophy is simple – let nature express itself as much as possible in the vineyard and ultimately the wine, while watching over and respecting the land. So the wine becomes a living product, the fruit of exceptional land and of an age-old expertise, which is renewed and modernized with each generation.