2017 1er Cru Bressandes Domaine Henri Germain
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Rich, dark-fruit nose with a hint of honey. The texture is slick and weighty. Some complexity to the fruit already. The dark berry and wood notes blending well together. The acidity comes in at the end and creates a crisper feel. Red fruit on the finish. L&S (Oct 2018)
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Offering up notes of spices, smoked duck and plums, the 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes is medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a juicy core of fruit, melting tannins and a succulent finish. Rating: 89-91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2019)
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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