Dom. Vincent Girardin Volnay Les Santenots Premier Cru 2010

Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France

Item No. 125253
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • BH91
  • WE91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

A good medium crimson color. An elegant nose, and as the most serious so far, it has a bit of class. On the palate, the wine is silky and creamy with a touch of café au lait; round, with flavors that expand quite nicely. Very Pinot, with chocolate milk and smoke notes. Nice and elegant.

Critical Acclaim

"Firm, concentrated and solid, this has a tight core that's surrounded by sweeter dark-plum fruit. This is ripe and full bodied, with a definite need for aging."
91 Points

"Bright red. Lively aromas of black cherry and chocolate complicated by spices and flowers. Sweet dark fruit flavors are a bit reticent today and lacking in complexity but already convey lovely finesse of texture. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. Very Santenots and not at all overripe. This has a pH of 3.4. Winemaker Eric Germain noted that none of these wines have pHs higher than 3.5, while in 2009 none were lower than 3.6."
91 Points

"Here the ripe nose is slightly more elegant with a similar aromatic profile of intensely earthy dark pinot fruit and soft spice scents introducing rich, intense and velvety middle weight flavors that display fine precision on the solidly well-balanced and persistent finish.
Range: 89-91"
91 Points

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Learn About Dom. Vincent Girardin

Vincent Girardin continues the winemaking tradition of his father and grandfather before him, with a significant difference. The energetic and innovative Girardin has greatly expanded the number of appellations in his domaine either through inheritance, purchasing the land, or a system of leasing called fermage. Vincent concentrates on the lesser-known appellations of the Cote de...

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Learn About Burgundy

The region of Burgundy is the fairytale land of vines. There are stories of kings, conquerors and commoners recounting the seductive effects of a Burgundian wine. Even now, many wine aficionados and lovers will pinpoint their most memorable wine moment at that first taste of an aged Burgundy. Much of this can be related to the terroir of Burgundy. Centuries of winemaking have...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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