2012 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Bigger and earthier than the Meursault, unsurprisingly. Depth and richness - it smells gulpable, then there is tension too - blackberry and woodland aromas. L&S (Jan 2014)
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Here the wood is a bit more prominent with a somewhat toasty quality that fights just a bit with the plum, cassis, spice and humus scents. There is good tension to the lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that display mild austerity on the attractively persistent finish that offers good but not special depth. 2018+ Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Slightly herbal character here, and a rubber sort of note too (reductive?). Tobacco and spice on the nose, with pretty firm tannins – very charismatic, though quite screwball. Lovely fruit too, but that’s the last thing you notice. 2015-2025 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)
Domaine Henri Germain
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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