Had a Glass: 2007 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Vincent Girardin
Variety: Chardonnay
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $110 (BC LDB)

He says: Remember when you heard that George Lucas was adding 3 more movies to the Star Wars series? If you grew up in the 80′s I’m sure the news brought a touch of excitement, even for the slightest of fans. Remember how disappointed you were watching Jar Jar Binks ruin a whole film? That pretty much describes the emotional cycle I went through with this wine. Grand Cru white Burgundies are among some of the most expensive wines in the world, and we paid a lot to sample this one. Unfortunately, these wines hold a niche position in the market for those who can afford to pay a lot of money, and then patiently wait 10 years before drinking it. At 3 years old, it’s a good wine, but disappointingly poor when you consider the price. It’s miles away from being an integrated, complex palate that really justifies the > $100 price tag. Advice: only buy if you’re rich and have lots of time on your hands.

She says: Gulp = buying a $110 bottle of White Burgundy. Expectations = High (Grand Cru, after all). Weep = failure to meet expectations or justify the massive gulp at the price tag. In all honesty, I know that drinking the wine so young did not help but I am not so sure that this wine had enough fruit to carry it through 10 years in the bottle. It will be a long time before I can see if I was right although I’m not sure I want to take the chance of weeping into my glass for this wine again.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ lemon, hint of gold
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, green apple, oak, honey, stone fruit
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med+ body, med+ alcohol, med+ intensity, green apple, stone fruit, ripe, oak, citrus, hint of honey, med finish
Summary: Good, Needs time to develop

6 comments to Had a Glass: 2007 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne

  • As long as the bottle doesn’t preoxidize, so that makes it even worse if in 10yrs its just gone.

  • Grégoire Byrka via Facebook

    Now that’s a surprise.. I’ve heard really good things about him. Next time, pick Coche-Dury, you won’t be disappointed ;)

  • Maybe. Won’t be spending over $100 anytime soon on a young white burgundy.

  • Age is a huge factor here. Most Grand Cru white burgs simply do not impress for the first 6 or so years (compare young Grand Cru Chablis to old – the young will make you wonder why the price tag). The additional sulpher used to combat premox is probably suppressing the aromas at this stage. Such a wine at least needs considerable decanting. And, last of all, as Mr. Meadows has wisely said, with Burgundy you don’t always get what you pay for, but you never get what you don’t pay for. :)

    • WCVR

      Thanks for the comment, Shea. This review stands more as a warning to current readers that expensive white burgs are meant for aging and disappointing young – exactly what your comment confirms.

      That said, do you know any good sources locally for aged white Burg Grand Crus without a massive markup?

      Cheers,
      Winecouver

  • Shea

    Haha, that’s a resounding no. With auctions being illegal in our beautiful province you can only get such things underground or if you know the right person. These are the sorts of wines I bring back with me from the U.S.

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