Girardin Pere et Fils, Les Clous, AOC Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France, 2015
This wine: lot No. LMCL15 (on the front label), varietal chardonnay, natural cork closure stained over 2-3 mm, both fermented, and then aged in small French oak barrels for 12 months, 13% abv, en France, €30 (12/18)
Consumer tasting note: a lovely evolved chardonnay from the Cote de Beaune, Meursault, with strong aromatics of stewed and baked apple, roasted hazelnut, honeyed and spicy, with hints of stone fruit and dried lemon peel; medium bodied with a slight grip from well- integrated oak, with a palate of honey, rich ripe galia melon, baked apple, roasted nuts, and richer still hints of pineapple and yellow peach. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, and will improve over say 1-2 years and keep for a few years beyond – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, (just) pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of stewed apple, honey, spicy, waxy, hints of richer stone fruit – white peach, nectarine, hint of dried lemon peel, baked apple, roasted hazelnut with a buttery almost caramel edge, a hint of sweet oak.
Palate: dry medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of honey, stewed apple, ripe galia melon, edge of roasted nuts, baked apple, and after some time a hint of pineapple, then yellow peach. A long length with a clean fresh finish of rich stewed apple edged with a touch of honey on a low key grip.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a fairly strong intensity throughout, with a similar concentration; showing better than moderate developing complexity, with evidence of deft exposure to oak (oak, spice) with residual oak tannin grip, and time in bottle (baked notes, dried citrus peel, honey, roasted nuts, wax), follows into a flavoursome long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has a little potential for further ageing over say 1-2 years, and will keep for a further 1-2 years – pretty much fully developed now, with a strong tertiary dimension (though some primary fruit to work with remains), which will deepen and may broaden a little, given more time. Drinking very well now.