2017 Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Domaine Henri Germain
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Clos des Mouches|
Perfumed nose. There is elegance to the sweet red fruit. The juice is concentrated but not dense. Mixed berries along with a hint of oak rounds it out. Attractive style. L&S (Oct 2018)
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(from a small .51 ha monopole). This also flirts with noticeable barnyard character on the red and dark berry fruit-scented nose. However, it does not extend to the palate of the energetic and well-detailed flavors that offer reasonably good depth and persistence. Again, at present the barnyard character is sufficiently subtle that it may not become overly pronounced but that is not a guarantee that it will remain a background element. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 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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