The white wines from Girardin have been the strong point of this address almost since the beginning. They have seen an impressive increase in quality in recent years, focusing on pure vineyard-driven examples with more reserved oak use. We have had many clients comment on the quality for the price, which is the same reason we are always drawn back. Girardin's parcels of Combettes came from the purchase of vineyards from Henri Clerc, which included other parcels of Girardin's now best vineyards sites. Eventually, too much to manage, Vincent appointed Eric Germain, brother of Jean-Francois Germain, who is the winemaker of Domaine Henri Germain, to take over winemaking. The wines are more stunning than ever, with Eric dialing in the vineyards with biodynamic practices and focusing on classic and expressive wines with beautiful purity. A textbook example of Combettes drawing its minerality from the Puligny side but gaining power and richness from its closeness to Meursault. The 2017 Combettes is a fantastic buy for the white Burgundy lover and at excellent pricing for a premier cru of this caliber.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes displays scents of white currants, fresh peach, pear, hazelnuts and blanched almonds, followed by a full-bodied, satiny and concentrated palate that's muscular and powerful, though it's also more texturally refined than it was when I tasted it from barrel. Germain notes that this parcel has been converted to Guyot Poulsard pruning and is being farmed organically, so he expects it to improve further."
Vinous (Stephan Tanzer) 91-94 "Bright medium yellow. Discreet, highly complex scents of citrus and stone fruits, musky minerals, hazelnut and flowers. A very pure, aromatic expression of soil, offering terrific mineral/citrus grip and a subtle saline quality. This dense but lively wine features a tactile, dusty, subtly mounting finish and captivating lime blossom lift."