2018 Domaine Henri Germain
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Sweetness and concentration here, purity and a rounded, warm nut and flower in the sun feel. A bit of a low-key beauty. L&S (Oct 2019)
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The 2018 Meursault Village has turned out nicely in bottle. Wafting from the glass with scents of crisp green pear, citrus oil, struck match and freshly baked bread, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and nicely incisive, with fine depth at the core and good structuring extract—even in this inherently supple, open-knit vintage—underpinned by lively acids and concluding with a nicely chalky finish. As usual, it's a blend of Vireuils, Les Pellans, Le Cromin and Au Moulin Judas. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
The 2018 Meursault Village is blessed with an exquisite bouquet. Fleeting notes of citrus peel, lime cordial and orange blossom unfurl in the glass, maybe a little Puligny-like in style. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity counterbalancing its tropical tones of clementine and melon, and bitter lemon imparting tension on the finish. This is a very well-crafted Meursault for the vintage that translates barely any of that summer's heat. Excellent. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2020)
A background whiff of petrol can be found on the softly wooded aromas of acacia blossom, hazelnut and spiced pear. There is good punch to the caressing, plump and delicious middle weight flavors that possess reasonably good persistence though the overall depth will need to improve if this wine is to attain the upper end of my predicted range. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2020)
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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