Vincent Girardin

Les Gravières Santenay 1er Cru Pinot Noir

8.620 ratings
8.76 pro ratings
Santenay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

My second bottle of this. Wasn't impressed with first. I'm going to rate this over two nights to see if it comes around.

Night 1: Decanted. First glass seemed thin and smelled of old dried out leather; Brett? As the night progressed the leathery stuff receded. Sour cherry fruit emerged on the nose with a heavy, almost pungent, dose of rock dust. Lean, almost skeletal, in the mouth. Intense underripe bitter cherry fruit and sharp cracked granite minerality. Just seems out of proportion, like a cubist Picasso painting: You can tell what it is, but it doesn't look (taste) quite like it should. Will revisit tomorrow.

NIGHT 3: after being under a VacuVin enclosure for 2 days, this is WAY better. Nice sappy cherry mineral nose. Good acids and purity in the mouth. It even looks more youthful. I have no idea why this should happen, but I'm not complaining. I am upping this from an 8.5 to an 8.7.

My second bottle of this. Wasn't impressed with first. I'm going to rate this over two nights to see if it comes around.

Night 1: Decanted. First glass seemed thin and smelled of old dried out leather; Brett? As the night progressed the leathery stuff receded. Sour cherry fruit emerged on the nose with a heavy, almost pungent, dose of rock dust. Lean, almost skeletal, in the mouth. Intense underripe bitter cherry fruit and sharp cracked granite minerality. Just seems out of proportion, like a cubist Picasso painting: You can tell what it is, but it doesn't look (taste) quite like it should. Will revisit tomorrow.

NIGHT 3: after being under a VacuVin enclosure for 2 days, this is WAY better. Nice sappy cherry mineral nose. Good acids and purity in the mouth. It even looks more youthful. I have no idea why this should happen, but I'm not complaining. I am upping this from an 8.5 to an 8.7.

Apr 24th, 2016
Angelo Casagrande

Leather in the nose. Susan gets some cognac. Light and very quafable. Not particularly fruity or complex. Light finish

Leather in the nose. Susan gets some cognac. Light and very quafable. Not particularly fruity or complex. Light finish

Apr 23rd, 2016
Melissa Vetrecin

Wine Manager Wegmans Food Markets

9.1

Medium-bodied with dark fruit, spice and earth. Had with Chilean Sea Bass over risotto and they complemented each other nicely.

Medium-bodied with dark fruit, spice and earth. Had with Chilean Sea Bass over risotto and they complemented each other nicely.

Jul 12th, 2015
Tommy Luhtala

Few more years in the cellar for this vintage

Few more years in the cellar for this vintage

Jan 16th, 2015
Robb Ksiazek

Robb had this 4 years ago

Robb had this 4 years ago

Nov 19th, 2015
Winston Jones

Host OrganicWineReview, Assistant Buyer Savvy Cellar Wine Bar

8.7

Winston had this 5 years ago

Winston had this 5 years ago

Jun 17th, 2014
Christian Broder

GM/Sommelier The Social Wine Company

8.9

Christian had this 6 years ago

Christian had this 6 years ago

Dec 18th, 2013
Brad Ball

Sommelier/Wine Director Social Wine Bar

8.5

Brad had this 6 years ago

Brad had this 6 years ago

Dec 18th, 2013
Sarah Teixeira

Sarah had this 4 years ago

Sarah had this 4 years ago

Aug 9th, 2015
Mike Sullivan

Mike had this 4 years ago

Mike had this 4 years ago

Apr 24th, 2015