Pierre Girardin, Bourgogne Blanc `Éclat de Calcaire` 2018



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Pierre Girardin, son of Vincent Girardin, is the 13th generation of his family to make wine in Burgundy. Pierre spent a significant part of his childhood in his family’s vineyards and cellar, both helping and learning from his father. Vincent sold the family domaine and négociant business in 2011 but kept 4.5 hectares of his best sites, primarily in Meursault, Pommard and Volnay, to pass onto his son. The family’s widespread contacts throughout the Côte d’Or have enabled Pierre to supplement his domaine sites with long-term contracts with top growers. Pierre completed his first vintage aged 21 years old.


The fruit for this wine is sourced 80% from Meursault and 20% from Volnay. Pierre searches for growers who share the same viticultural philosophy and the vineyards used for this wine practise organic principles. The vines are all older than 35 years old.


Winemakers across Burgundy were very enthusiastic about the 2018 crop, with the fruit in peak health and the region back to producing good quantities of quality fruit, in comparison to the difficult harvests of recent years. 2018 began with a warm spring and budburst in early April with the entire vintage continuing ahead of the schedule, with flowering in mid-June followed by a rapid fruit set. Ripening continued at a fast pace with warm summer temperatures. Fortunately, hydric stress was avoided due to the water reserves from winter and spring rainfall.


Pierre vinifies on a ‘micro-cuvée’ scale and practices lowintervention winemaking, using indigenous yeasts to help capture the purity of each site. For his white wines, he uses a very gentle bâtonnage technique, involving the injection of inert gas, instead of stirring, to lift the fine lees, which results in a delicate and elegant character in the finished wines. The wine was matured for 10 months, with 60% in custom-made 456 litre barrels from François et Frères, of which 30% were new, with the remainder in tank.


The 'Éclat de Calcaire` has precise notes of fresh citrus fruit, white flowers and fresh pastry on the nose. On the palate, bright acidity gives the wine great energy and freshness. It is well-balanced, elegant and poised and is excellent value for a Bourgogne Blanc.
 Grape Varieties 

100% Chardonnay

Winemaker  Pierre Girardin
Closure Natural Cork
ABV  13%
Acidity 6.64g/L
Wine pH  3.28
Bottle Sizes 75cl
Notes  Sustainable, Practising Biodynamic