Camille Giroud is one of the most dynamic négociants in Burgundy. Giroud founded his small négociant firm back in 1865 and about a century later, the company was still being run by his daughter-in-law and their children. At the time, the aim was to obtain grapes from the best vineyard sites and then age them in heavily seasoned barrels, only releasing them once fully matured; these wines were known for being heavy and tannic.
Then, for over two decades, David Croix transformed Maison Giroud: he elevated the brand by producing more refined, contemporary expressions of Burgundy. Croix focused on lower yields, riper grapes and creating wines with vibrant personality and softer tannins. Since 2016, these high quality, joyous and modern wines have been made by Carel Voorhuis.
Maison Camille Giroud is a true négociant, with only 2.7 acres of its own under vine. It’s become known as a dependable source of Burgundy that delivers the best of both worlds - wines that are matured and traditional in style, as well as younger wines that beautifully communicate their terroir.
This case contains 2 of each wine:
2018 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau
This comes from 70-year-old vines planted in the Clos des Roches Noires, the sweet spot of Clos Rousseau. An excellent example of the potential of Santenay, this is a very complete wine with creamy, red-berry fruit and a serious but elegant tannic structure. Drink 2024-2030.
2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux
There are five barrels of this, all from Camille Giroud’s own 45-year-old vines. The east-facing exposition and deep clay soil make for a cool, water-retaining site, perfect for preserving freshness. The whole-bunch (50%) provides perfume and a graphite, mineral core to accompany the succulent strawberry fruit. Drink 2024-2030.
2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Lurets
Lurets is a relatively low vineyard with rich, deep soils which retain water well, a real boon during the warm 2018 summer. Seven barrels of this delicious wine were made, packed with delicious small red berries. A wine which has overperformed this vintage, and strongly recommended. Drink 2024-2030.