I've posted a tasting note on this blog earlier of the 2010 Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly, a wine that I liked very much. As I said then, St. Aubin is a region within Burgundy where you can find some good values.
Vincent Giardin took over his family's 2 hectares of vineyards in 1980. Today the domaine has 20 hectares in 42 different parcels around Burgundy. Vincent Giardin har lately been troubled with his back so his wife has taken more control over the domaine, but the wine making philosophy has so far been kept relatively the same.
The Giardin wines are often great value wines. It is not a top producer, but it's a good bet for a tuesday night wine.
Very tight nose right after opening. Apples, honeydew melon and pineapples. Sweetness on the nose and oak (very butter popcorn). Apples og kataloupe melon. A good portion oak on the palate as well, especially on the finnish. Butter popcorn on the palate as well A bit to heavy and oaky. Lacking balance. 82 points
Although I tend to find the Giardin wines good value, this one was a miss. The oak here is just crazy. I find that Giardin often manages to balance the oak, but not in this case.
I had to google this a bit after tasting it to see what others have written about it. What I find is that even though everyone notices the oak here, there is some variations in whether they find it balanced ot not. Maybe there is some bottle variation, but my guess is that even with a great bottle this wine will be a bit overoaked. Perhaps with a good bottle (assuming this one wasn't) I could have given it 85-86.
Either way, I do think there are better wines to buy than this. For example you can try out the Puligny Montrachet les Enseigneres from the same producer. I've had it in other vintages and it has been good.