Camille Giroud, Corton Le Rognet 2010

The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries, cherries, pomegranate and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine concentration of cool ripe quite opulent fruit. It’s rich and charming on the midplate with a lovely balance. A very impressive and complex Corton … lovely pinot juice.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 25/04/2013

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Camille Giroud, Corton Le Rognet 2010

The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine midpalate concentration of cool ripe fruit. It’s rich, powerful but also very refined for a young Corton. The oak is supporting the wine beautifully in the long and intense finish. A very impressive and complex Corton … one of the most promising young Cortons I have tasted – great effort by David Croix.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 17/01/2013

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Camille Giroud Bourgogne Cuvee L 2009

This is a very special wine from Giroud. After bottling the other reds from the domaine, they assemble the racked lees from all the wines, give it time to settle as best as possible, and then bottle the blend. The wine is sold as a Bourgogne rouge, but in reality the wine is a blend of village, 1er cru and even grand cru. No doubt this wine has some terroir backbone, and is much better than an ordinary Bourgogne rouge. The good structure really suits the 2009 vintage – good. (now – 2020) – 87p

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!