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Camille Giroud Marsannay Les Longeroies 2016

$4700

Description
100% Pinot Noir. Founded in 1865, Maison Camille Giroud began as a specialist négociant. They had a few hectares of their own vines, but the vast majority of their wines were purchased from top-ranked growers across the region. They’d then age these wines in their cellars until they reached peak maturity; sometimes decades later. In 2001, the owners brought in young winemaker David Croix and undertook a major revamping of the winery. Many new techniques were introduced, including a wooden press for the red wines, open wooden vats for fermentation, subtle use of oak, and minimal racking. David's legacy of innovation was succeeded in 2016 by Carel Voorhuis, who is crafting similarly pure, seductive, and terroir-driven wines; and is continuing to manage the valuable cellar. All grapes are sorted twice. Reds are partially or fully de-stemmed depending on the vintage and vinified in stainless steel. Whites are vinified in 228- to 600-liter casks; the choice of barrels for aging is carefully matched to the appellation, and only 15-30% of maturation involves new oak. All wines are fermented with natural yeasts, bottled without fining and with only coarse filtration. Maison Camille Giroud occupies a singular niche in Burgundy: it is at the same time among the most dependable and exciting sources of fully mature, traditional Burgundy, and one of the best sources for transparent, terroir-driven current-vintage Burgundy.

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