Vincent Girardin | Meursault
The Girardin family was based in Santenay, in the southern Côte de Beaune, for three centuries until Vincent made his bid for freedom. Inheriting two hectares of vines from his parents, he spent the next thirty years building up the domaine to its current twenty hectares, and supplementing the range with purchases from other carefully selected sites. In 2012, Vincent Girardin sold his business to Jean Pierre Nié, the owner of Compagnie des Vins d’Autrefois in Beaune. Jean-Pierre, very sensibly, took the decision not only to retain Eric Germain (head winemaker) and Marco Caschera (sales and exports) but to make them substantial shareholders in the business too. In the main, nothing has changed. They continue to work with the highest quality raw materials and Eric Germain continues to make the wines, as he has done for over fifteen years.