The company was founded in 1865 by a fellow whose ancestors had emigrated to Switzerland during the Huguenot persecutions. He returned to France and married a Burgundian lady of property.
Camille Giroud took up residence at its present address in the late 1890s. We first encountered the Giroud family in 1988 and were impressed by the number of older bottles slumbering in the cellars. One of the last of the small negociants specializing in "vins de garde", Bourgogne Rouges that need ten to fifteen years to mature. Wonderful oddities such as a 1959 Poully- Fuissé that had evidently never undergone malolactic fermentation...1947 Cortons, deep red in colour and still vigorous.
We met Lucien Giroud, successor to the venerable Camille, who underlined the importance of tannins for longevity. When Lucien died, the two Giroud brothers became the managers and decided to break from the past and construct a winery in order to vinify, purchase grapes as well as continue the family tradition of purchasing finished wines.
The nineties were years of discovery for the Girouds as well as experimentation. Unfortunately, the company did not have the required capital and 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. Becky Wasserman Selection Importer
The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin is pure sensuality and finesse. Sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers and mint are woven together in a finessed fabric bursting with style and class. This is a terrific showing. Giroud’s Charmes is true Charmes from the upper part of the vineyard. The fruit was 100% destemmed. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030. #199Feb 2012
A cool, pure and relatively elegant nose features a perfumed mélange of red currants, soil tones and a hint of underbrush. The detailed and energetic middle weight plus flavors possess fine-grained tannins that contribute to the sense of refinement on the balanced, precise and driving finish. This is excellent and should amply reward mid to long-term cellaring. Issue 46
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