Born to a family of winegrowers with a history in Santenay dating back to the 17th Century, Vincent Girardin was exposed to the wonders to wine production from a young age. Having always had a passion for working with vines, he began producing his own wine in 1980 when he was just 19 years old from a small 2 hectare plot. His skill, and the resulting quality of his wines, were quickly recognised around the world and pushed him to expand his venture. Although he expanded from his initial 2 hecatre site, in order to keep up with demand Girardin had to purchase grapes from other producers who shared the same philosophy and high standards. In 2000, Eric Germain came on board as winemaker and focused the technique of the domaine, concentrating on expressing the unique terroirs of Burgundy.
In 2012, Vincent Girardin sold the domaine to a long-standing partner, Jean Pierre Nié – the founder and co-owner of the Compagnie des Vins d’Autrefois in Beaune. Girardin’s small but faithful team of 9 have stayed on at the domaine, along with Eric Germain who continue to uphold the Girardin style and, of course, quality. The domaine now produces wine from across the Cote de Beaune, with Grand Cru sites including Corton-Charlemagne, Bâtard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. For all the Grand Vins produced by Vincent Girardin, the vines are managed according to sustainable agricultural principles. This includes the use of high trellises for better photosynthesis, manual harvests and no herbicides or insecticides, amongst other methods. Today, the domaine comprises of 22 hectares and continues to produce deep complex whites and refined elegant reds vintage to vintage.