Forgotten Burgundy: A Ladoix from Camille Giroud

Every now and then we come across a wine in our portfolio that unexpectedly knocks our socks off, and think ‘why have we not noticed this one before?’

Every November I try it in cask, and it is lovely, but it is one the many seductive and delicious wines in the Camille-Giroud portfolio, and there is a temptation to pay more attention to more glamourous appellations like Chambolle and Gevrey. And so to try it this week was a revelation: on a hot day, a cool light red from Burgundy hit the spot.

It comes from the lieu-dit vineyard of Les Chaillots, which touches the grand cru Corton Le Rognet, and is on a south-eastern facing slope with rich clay soils on a limestone base. In the hands of the winemaking genius David Croix, the grapes have been transformed into a perfectly balanced, ripe, strawberry-scented wine with subdued elegant tannins, a hint of mineral and a finish reminiscent more of a 1er cru than a village. It’s official: the 2013s are finally coming round, and this is a perfect example of a superb one.

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