2005 Vincent Girardin Volnay, Vieilles Vignes

03202008.jpgIt’s been a heck of a week. I started it getting over a cold, then got bloody busy… hence the lack of wine writing. I’m thinking I’ll remedy that this weekend.

Well, that’s going to start with this wine… In the midst of a craving for a good Pinot Noir, I paid Kitsilano Wine Cellars a visit tonight and picked up a couple of wines from France’s Cote d’Or in Burgundy. Both are from 2005, which was a great vintage in the region, producing wines of ripeness and structure.

First up is the Volnay from Vincent Girardin. It’s pretty much exactly what I was looking for… not a perfect wine, but it’s bloody good.

The nose is a mix of black tea, dark cherry and earth. An eager sip gives up a round mouthful of cherry juice laced with tea, citrus and earthy minerality. It’s got a smoothly tannic finish that leads into the next sip.

It’s bloody tasty stuff folks. This is the wine equivalent of the sultry dark-haired French girl sitting outside a café in a red dress playing hard to get, but not too much so. In the end, you go home happy.

$65 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars