Still in his early 20s, Pierre-Vincent Girardin is already catching the attention of leading critics and wine aficionados around the world. If you haven’t already, it is high time you familiarise yourself with this rising star and the wonderful wines of Domaine Pierre Girardin, a name that will surely be a driving force long into Burgundy’s future.
As the 13th generation in a Burgundian winemaking family, Pierre-Vincent has the DNA to succeed. His father, Vincent, started his own domaine in 1980, which grew into one of the most famous names in the Cote de Beaune’s Meursault region. When Vincent sold Domaine Vincent Girardin in 2011, he kept what he regarded as the best 4.5 hectares and passed these on to his son to set up Domaine Pierre Girardin.
Working side by side with his father since childhood, Pierre developed his craft and gained a deep understanding of the terroir. This helped him produce some impressive wines straight away with his first vintage in 2017 at just 19 years old! Pierre-Vincent has supplemented the domaine vineyards with long-term contracts with what he regards as some of the top and most interesting growers in the region. The range of sites include Puligny Folatières (Lalou Bize-Leroy bottles the only other parcel from this prime section on the inner parcel of the Folatières vineyard), Volnay Clos des Chênes, and Pommard Epenots as well as iconic appellations such as Corton-Charlemagne and Montrachet.
We regard Domaine Pierre Girardin as a true up-and-coming producer, whose wines offer long-term price growth potential. While quality has already been established, the wines’ short history means there is less of a performance track record. However, strong interest from wine merchants alongside positive critic scores and commentary is a combination that should spur price growth. Pierre’s lineage and name recognition at such an early age will also boost his profile.
At this time, Domaine Pierre Girardin wines still offer excellent relative value, in our opinion. The below chart reveals the price gap among grand cru wines from Pierre Girardin and Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. Although Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is among the top producers in Burgundy with a stellar track record and name recognition, we think Pierre-Vincent could reach similar heights over time. His wines’ prices are expected to follow.