While the appellation Bourgogne may be sourced from anywhere in the region classified as Burgundy, the Camille Giroud 2009 comes primarily from old-vines located in Gevrey-Chambertin & Meursault. An elegant and complex expression of classic pinot noir, this is an age worthy wine that is drinkable now, but could be put away for several years. Maison Camille Giroud was founded in 1865 by the man of that same name, and was succeded by his son Lucien. The Giroud name was associated with a reputation built on wines that aged for years and years. The family tradition continued for three generations until 2002 when they sold their estate to the Colgin family. Since then young winemaker David Croix, has taken this historic estate and has added modern touches, and respects what the vintage offers by vinifying to suit the raw material. Today the estate continues to produce fine wines that are an elegant expression of the region, and the 2006 vintage is noted for it's purity. The great wines of Burgundy are uniquely complex, compelling and at times memorizing. Above all they are evocative, transformative but like all creatures, temperamental and anything but dependable. Two grapes dominate this agricultural masterpiece, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both grapes achieve their greatest elegance when planted in cooler climates, to which Burgundy is the coolest and most Northern climate of all the major regions famous for red wines. When winemakers talk about Burgundy, they generally speak of terroir, the compilation of the vineyard's soil, slope, orientation, nuance of climate, etc. This concept of terroir is what makes wines produced from grapes even in the same village or vineyard strikingly different. Burgundy is a place of legend, awe and adventure, a place that wine lovers call home.