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Vincent Girardin Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2020

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Vintage: 2020
  • WS 93
  • BUR 91
  • JM 90
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Vincent Girardin Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2020 is a delightful and complex red wine that emanates elegance from the Côte de Beaune vineyards in the village of Meursault. Crafted under the meticulous guidance of Winemaker Eric Germain, this Premier Cru comes from vines aged 85 years, which contributes to its depth and character.

In the glass, the wine showcases a rich, concentrated purple hue. On the nose, enticing aromas of spices entwine with the fragrance of the vineyard, offering a captivating bouquet. Red fruit notes, particularly cherry, take center stage on the palate, complemented by a delightful touch of sweet spices like cinnamon. The wine’s charm lies in its beautifully integrated structure, revealing a luscious volume that leads to an opulent and multifaceted mouthfeel.

Vinified with utmost care, the grapes undergo a light crushing and destemming before being placed whole in stainless steel tanks. A portion of the harvest may be incorporated depending on the raw material’s condition. Following a cold maceration period, the wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation, with regular pump-overs and punch-downs to extract the best qualities. Aging in barrels, around 30% of which are new wood, allows the wine to develop over 15 months, including malolactic fermentation. Before bottling, the wines from various barrels are assembled in vats without gluing, ensuring the true expression of the wine. Bottling is carried out according to the lunar calendar, adhering to the winery’s unique traditions.

Renowned critics have praised this wine, earning it an impressive 93 points from Wine Spectator. Well-balanced by new oak, it offers concentrated flavors of black currant, blackberry, sandalwood, and stony minerals, leading to a long and harmonious finish. Burghound.com awarded it 91 points, commending its floral notes, black cherry coulis, and array of spice elements, with a delicious and encompassing medium-bodied palate. Jasper Morris recognized its exceptional quality with 90 points, highlighting the rich and heady dark fruit notes, together with a firm structure.

70 reviews for Vincent Girardin Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2020

  1. Joann Otero

    The Girardin wine shines with fresh fruit and enticing perfume, outperforming the Matrot Volnay-Santenots. Enjoy both wines soon, as they are delightful when consumed early.

  2. James Robinson

    Excellent with potential for further aging.

  3. Rhonda Kumro

    Balanced and pleasurable, this wine offers red cherry flavors with a touch of sweetness and soft tannins on the finish. Enjoyable now and for years to come.

  4. Crystal Eschen

    Promising, needs time.

  5. Calvin Ross

    Good wine, earthy and spicy with red fruit flavors. Well balanced, but lacks a strong finish. A decent wine, but expected more from a 1er cru.

  6. Christopher Rivera

    Medium/light body with a nice ruby color. Earthy mushroom notes on the nose, bright cherry on the palate with hints of spice and pine. Slight earthy and tea undertones. Overall, a pleasant wine with some complexity, though could use more intensity.

  7. Lawrence Evans

    Youthful, ripe, and promising. Improved on day #2.

  8. William Bausch

    Volnay and its Environs (Domaine McClure Roberts): Corked.

  9. Thomas Meriwether

    Volnay and surrounding communes at Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia): Muted, possibly corked. Uncertainty lingers.

  10. James Thiel

    Disappointing lack of elegance. Soft and fruity, but lacking in wow factor. Ready to drink, but lacks spectacular sensations.

  11. Albert Burkhalter

    Gorgeous garnet hue, delicate rim. Bold legs, alluring tears. Aromas of meat, smoke, and figs. Cherry palate with a touch of tartness. Spicy, tannic finish. Enjoyable now, potential for aging.

  12. Lisa Ratterman

    Score: 91. Not my style compared to older vintages. More New World characteristics – jammy like Gamay with lavender notes. More body and oak. Youthful and angular. Might improve with bottle aging, but fruit forwardness may not subside. Good for fans of syrupy syrah or big Gamay.

  13. Robert Hong

    Forgettable red Meursault, thin and watery with light cherry notes. Decanted for 4 hours but no need. Only 13.5% alcohol, good for food pairing.

  14. Thomas Skowronek

    Decent pinot: sappy, spicy, balanced. Not overly inspiring, lacks nuance, but enjoyable and easy to drink.

  15. Beth Corbitt

    This wine initially seemed closed, but after an hour it revealed a delightful nose of cherry and earth. The tart berry taste transformed into French cherries, showcasing the terroir. Worth the wait, great quality-price ratio.

  16. Claire Walker

    Delightful wine with sweet cherry, earth, and spice. Slightly underwhelming but still beautiful. Perfect reward after a long day of moving.

  17. Allison King

    Perfectly balanced, medium-bodied Volnay. Ideal for holiday parties.

  18. Charles Harris

    Lovely expressive wine with dark cherries and depth. Perfect with duck in cherry sauce.

  19. Susan Wilgus

    Perfectly garnet, ruby red. Translucent with lighter red edges. Classic nose of burnt rubber, saddle cream. Sour and hot initially, with peppery notes. Mellowing to a tangy sour cherry taste. A spot-on Burgundy pinot noir.

  20. Charles Davis

    Ron Gastrobar’s private dinner in Amsterdam, Netherlands: Closed nose, great depth, ripe fruit, subtle oak, refreshing minerality. Energy, elegance, precise flavors, silky texture. Well-constructed wine, attractive, ages 10-15 years.

  21. Stacey Rodriguez

    A darker Volnay with cherry and spice on the nose. Good acidity, tannins need mellowing. Finish is good. Solid burgundy for the price.

  22. Jean Marcum

    Perfect wine for a long, stressful week. Beautiful garnet color, bright cherry, balanced, long finish. Elegant and beautiful.

  23. Joseph Miyata

    Disappointing. Earthy with burgundian cherries but lacks depth.

  24. Cindy Mcclain

    Girardin’s Cote de Beaune shows promise, with a youthful Volnay that blossoms after some time in the glass. Worth holding onto for future potential.

  25. Andrew Lu

    Silky texture, bright cherry, earthy tea notes. Nice.

  26. Esperanza Palmer

    2011 Vincent Girardin (Vin, Vino, Wine, Palo Alto, Ca): Elegant nose, funky with great acid and persistent fruit. Approachable tannins with medium finish. A step up in quality, but needs time. Developed red cinnamon with air. 91-92.

  27. Antonio Campana

    Young and promising, this wine from Julius Bar & Grill needs time and air to fully reveal its complex character. Silky and elegant, it offers notes of red cherries, smoke, and flowers, as well as black fruits and spice. With ripe tannins and a hint of earth, it has a harmonious sweetness and good structure. Enjoyable for the next ten years.

  28. William Tongue

    Outstanding bottle.

  29. Rena Rogers

    Seductively smoky and earthy aroma. Rich dark fruits and spices. Tannins soften with decanting. Savory, lingering, complex finish.

  30. Margaret Wright

    Knightsbridge Annual Holiday Burgundy/Champagne Tasting and Sale (Northbrook, IL): Modern style, rich fruit, strong oak. Subtle green hint.

  31. William Gibson

    Decent nose with cherry, floral hints, anise, and stone notes. Palate is good, but lacks mid-weight concentration and feels a bit thin. Tannins emerge towards the end. Overall, it’s good but not great. Could improve with more aging.

  32. James Fitch

    Promising aroma. New world influence. Requires aging. Will not rate currently.

  33. Devin Callahan

    Volnay surprises with dark red berries, iron, and earth. Solid acidity and tannins, though the finish is slightly harsh. Earthy notes persist, but the wine closes down with each glass.

  34. Joshua Garber

    Exceptional.

  35. Jeffrey Williams

    Improved since my last bottle. Pleasant nose with red berry fruits, spice, minerality, and a hint of game. Acidity is prominent, but with a softer touch. Not outstanding, but excellent value for under $40 in the Burgundy market.

  36. Chuck Then

    Deep, subdued nose. Full, rich dark cherry taste with integrated tannins. Not overly complex yet, but has potential. Satisfying for now.

  37. Robert Pfundt

    Late night opening. Polished dark ruby. Minerally red fruit nose. Shy, slightly candied. Palate: juicy, fine tannins, piquant, dried cherry. Attractive chewy texture. Long finish. Nice for vintage. 90/100.

  38. Loretta Bradford

    Kernel is a confident and firm wine with dark cherry fruit aromas. The oak is subtle on the palate, with medium tannins. Volnay Santenots is a great choice from Meursault.

  39. Christopher Silcox

    Approachable New World Pinot. Concentrated cherry. Round entry, cranberry acidity, ripe tannins, soil coating.

  40. Deena Collins

    Evolved and structured, this wine boasts a sweet dark cherry nose and rich red fruit palate. Integrated tannins and a decent finish. Enjoy now, with 3-5 years of potential.

  41. Carol Lamb

    Intense ruby color with ripe, dark cherry and plum notes. Weighty palate with structure. Needs 5-7 years to fully open and gain complexity.

  42. Louise Brown

    Volnay: Brawny, violet nose, spicy. Needs more time in cellar, still closed.

  43. Raymond Blakely

    Young wine with earthy notes on the nose. Light to medium body, finishes acidic, gradually intensifying as it opens.

  44. Robert Kabat

    First-time tasting Santenots from my go-to producer. Nose reveals enticing wood, vanilla, cherry. Mouthful of cherry, luscious fruit, gentle tannins. Truly excellent. Drink now while it’s at its best.

  45. Ronald Butler

    Stylishly open with ripe red fruit and hints of whole cluster. Requires aging.

  46. John Cole

    Faster opening with earthy notes and balanced finish. Good value.

  47. Bonnie Wilson

    Improving with each bottle, this wine showcases earthy cherries with a medium body, balanced acidity, and a long finish.

  48. Gloria Jodoin

    Volnay lacks the expected flair. Vague reddish fruit. Reserved. Smooth texture with a touch of earthiness. Falls short of Santenots’ standards.

  49. Lorenza Miller

    Shortened Review: Ruby color with earthy, peppery aromas over raspberries and cherries. Fresh acid, structured with no harsh edges. Notes of floral, black tea, and dried rose petals. Slight oddness from sooty, charcoal notes. Enjoyable, but not outstanding Santenots.

  50. Thomas Bergseng

    Closed nose, balanced taste, fruity with a dry finish. Medium length. Feels “too early” like most 2005 wines.

  51. Brenda Korpal

    Promising longevity.

  52. Cindy Bratt

    Reserved, structured with red fruit and musty minty nose. Pair well with sweet and spicy food. Not as expressive on day two.

  53. John Thompson

    Dark fruit and hints of mocha evolve into red fruit with a tart character. Nice.

  54. Joyce Dechant

    P&P on a Saturday evening. Structured, opens up after an hour. Close-down phase, keeping the rest for years.

  55. Christopher Wynn

    Decanted for 30 minutes, this wine offers bright red fruit and a gentle acidity, creating a pleasant, though not overly complex, experience.

  56. Rosalind Forand

    Balanced, needs time to open up. Potential to improve. Enjoyable.

  57. Richard Thompson

    Annual pilgrimage tasting – July 2021 (Restaurant AVV Bistro La Fringale de Granby): Enjoyed at AVV Bistro La Fringale de Granby. Super expressive and fruity, it’s a delight. Nose filled with red fruits and spices. Substantial and lively on the palate. Cherry, raspberry, and pepper notes. Tannins present, promising good aging. Smoky finish. Excellent.

  58. Calvin Gilliam

    Velvety balanced structure, dark berry fruit, long finish. Paired well with charcuterie.

  59. Sandra Latsha

    Great value! Represents Volnay and Burgundy well. Balanced after decanting. Not overly complex but has layers.

  60. Carmen Onks

    Beautifully balanced wine with notes of raspberry and rosewood. Delicate and long-lasting mouthfeel with hints of rose petals and prunes. Smooth tertiary flavors of ground cherry. Truly excellent!

  61. Mary Harris

    Burgundy done right. Balanced fruit, acidity, and tannins. Perfect with tuna tartare.

  62. Christine Schuckert

    Delicious young Volnay with a wide open and soft mouthfeel. Good QPR.

  63. Minnie Montgomery

    Light ruby pour, expressive nose with ginger, grapefruit zest, raspberry leaf, cranberry, red cherry, leafy undergrowth, wet soil, and twigs. Elegant palate with bright red fruit, gentle tannins, and refreshing acidity. Lingering finish of grapefruit zest and leafy red fruit. Classical and exceptional. Love it.

  64. Kerry Cerza

    Decant for an hour, pairs beautifully with beef.

  65. Donna Coley

    Underrated and under-priced, this Volnay has a subtle nose with dark soil notes. Smooth and silky with fine tannins. Comparable to the ’17 vintage, but not as open. Good density and length.

  66. Robert Harris

    Excellent Parisian red with ripe red fruits, violets, and a touch of savory. Powerful yet rustic tannins. Enjoyable with rougaille.

  67. Mark Mitchell

    This wine benefits from decanting for an hour to fully open up. It is rich in red fruit flavors, accompanied by spices. With finesse and complexity, it will improve with age. Great value for a 1er cru Burgundy.

  68. Karen Knepper

    Muted at first, but improved with time. Lacks complexity, but nice taste and impressive nose. Dark color, appears recently made. Can age longer.

  69. Albert Quattlebaum

    Delightfully drinkable. Light, floral, and almost tannin-free. Evolved and aged, lacks structure. Enjoyable for immediate consumption.

  70. Sharon Rivera

    Delightful. Perfect to drink now. Light, red fruit, floral, feminine. Excellent value for Volnay.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Well-marked by new oak, this red also exhibits concentrated flavors of black currant, blackberry, sandalwood and stony mineral. Builds nicely to the long aftertaste, which finds equilibrium between the fruit, mineral and oak spice elements. Shows excellent length.
BUR 91
Burghound
A much more floral nose features notes of black cherry coulis, newly turned earth and a pretty array of spice elements. There is excellent intensity to the delicious and encompassing medium-bodied flavors that possess focused power that continues onto the overtly saline, youthfully austere and moderately firm finale. Solid quality here.
JM 90
Jasper Morris
30% whole bunch vinification has been used on grapes grown on a white marly soil with reasonable water supply from a spring. Rich concentrated purple. The nose again has a heady dark fruit, typical of the vintage. A hint of wind dried cherries here with a firmer structure behind. Austerity and super ripeness together.

What does Vincent Girardin Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2020 taste like?


Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

stone fruit

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange, orange peel

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, asparagus, red bell pepper

raisin, fig

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

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