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1990 Giroud, Maison Camille Clos Vougeot Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir: 750ml
"Camille Giroud has been transformed in recent years and is now the most exciting of the smaller negociants in Burgundy. In 2001 the family company was acquired by a consortium of American bankers, who, with Becky Wasserman's help, recruited the talented David Croix as winemaker. His first vintage was 2002. This is a man of great talent. The approach is `traditional,' that is, a minimum of new oak and late bottling. Increasingly, purchases are in fruit, and quality is very good indeed. Older vintages, such as those of the pre-1980s, are also very fine. If you can find them, grab them."
Clive Coates (The Wines of Burgundy)
"...In 2002 an American group headed by Joe Wender and Ann Colgin purchased Camille Giroud. The job of winemaker, now régisseur, was given to David Croix who arrived with a stellar recommendation from Benjamin Leroux of the Domaine du Clos des Epeneaux.
What is fascinating about the company is the presence of three generations of Burgundian viticultural history. Lucien, president from 1942 through 1989, believed that Burgundies must be properly aged. He favoured appellations such as the tougher Nuits St. Georges premiers crus. He adored vintages such as 1976 and 1988.
Lucien's wines illustrate his era. The brothers tried all the vinification techniques of the nineties, batonnage of reds as well as whites yet the respect for the Giroud style is still evident.
David Croix is representative of his generation: clarity of terroir rather than a house style, and an intuitive feeling for both appellations and the nature of individual vintages.
The press has been very kind to Camille Giroud and their wines have been well noted in two major publications - Recommended Red Burgundies 2002 and 2003, Wine Spectator; 30 Recommended Reds 2003, Decanter Magazine. In addition, David received extremely positive reviews from Allen Meadows (Burghound.com), Bill Nanson (Burgundy-Report.com), and elicited the following statement from Clive Coates: "Here the genius is the 26 year old David Croix."
--- Becky Wasserman
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