2014 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Henri Germain
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
As mineral as the Chevalierères - it smells of rock, but with a greater depth. Entry confirms all this, and then there is the volume - a cool mineral, glassy weight and purity. Liquid flint? Very straight and long, should age with the usual arrow-like trajectory. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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Light nose. Well sculpted with some chalky texture on the finish. Less opulent than some – verging on stodginess. But good extract and impact. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2016)
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. This is pure, as are all the wines, and streamlined. It has lively energy and is nicely contained. It is rather discreet. The fruit is silky and is grows in volume in the mouth to a fuller and rounded palate, but still very contained. A Charmes of some finesses and just a touch mineral at the end. From 2019 Rating: 18.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 2015)
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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