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Astonishingly rich this year, with the weight of some of the Grands Crus. Rich and rounded, ripe. Absolutely lovely as it combines all this with a harmonious acid balance and great freshness. L&S (Jan 2014)
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Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Jean-François Germain’s wines are not as celebrated as some in Meursault, but they are often among the best wines in the village. This is a Meursault-meets-Puligny style, with some gunflint and minerality, subtle, creamy oak and lovely texture and palate weight. Spicy, complex and long on the palate. 2015-25 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Apple, apricot, floral and quite rich. Has the fatness and weight of good Meursault. Perhaps something slightly oxidative as well, with its orange peel scent. Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)
Domaine Henri Germain
Jean-François Germain was joined in 2018 by his daughter Lucie - who is now helping to run this small (7ha) 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. The Poruzots comes from the rows next to Remi Jobard's. 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 (organic, not certified).
These are concentrated, tightly wound wines from one of Burgundy's coldest cellars. Alcoholic fermentations can take months and the malolactics are often late, so they have always gone for long élevage in old barrels, always for two winters, and the Premiers Crus usually for 22 months. Slow to develop, they show wonderful crystalline purity. New wood is used very sparingly, just to replace barrels sold when they get to ten years old.
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