2009 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Meursault
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Charmes

A tight twist of fine-grained oak here, which gives way to spice. Amazing concentration of spice and complex weight and body. Remarkable - really really good and still wonderfully fresh on the finish.

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The 2009 Meursault les Charmes has a generous bouquet, more Puligny-like than expected, with citrus lemon and walnut, later smoke and nutmeg. It is well defined and gains vigour in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a rounded, slightly "worked" entry. There is a viscous texture to this Charmes, lightly honeyed with a gentle, spicy finish. Fine.
88 (Dec 2014)

Germain’s parcel crosses over dessous and dessus, mostly in the higher part, reaching almost to the top of the climat. The youngest of the vines are 35 years old. There is 20-25% new oak Plenty of wood apparent (probably accentuated by the malic acidity). The fruit is ripe, rather rich with candied citrus notes, fresh and not at all exotic. The shape is generous and spherical; a sleek cat. Rather harmonious and appealing. Juicy and dense to the well sustained finish. It is a most pleasing Charmes. Fine. From 2013/14

Opulent oaky nose. Rich, bold, and creamy on the palate, with ample concentration, but it also has verve, and a spicy, tangy finish. Drink 2012-2020.

Quite rich and full with polish and density. Charming – more forward than the lesser Chevalières in fact. Though there is some chew on the end too as well as that aromatic evolution. 2014-2021

Drink Creamy and buttery but a bit closed on the nose. Sweet fruit and a touch of flinty reduction on the palate, with lots of powerful fruit on the mid-palate and length. Has the requisite volume for Meursault, and shows the warmth of the vintage. A classic of the genre. 2012-2019


Jean-François Germain runs this small domaine. The Chassagne vineyards came through his mother, a Pillot, and Jean-François is married to François Jobard's daughter, so they are quite intertwined with some of our other producers. In terms of winemaking the Germains are always happy to let nature take its course, and in the vineyards they follow as natural a system of viticulture as possible. These are concentrated, tightly wound wines from one of Burgundy's coldest cellars. Slow to develop, they show wonderful crystalline purity.

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