2019 1er Cru Poruzots Domaine Henri Germain


No huge nose, but the palate is big and sleek, citrus with a certain spiciness too, in a bold and quite forceful frame. Really lovely again - there's a lot of power here. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032L&S (Oct 2020)

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(from a .25 ha parcel). A very deft application of wood easily allows the vaguely exotic aromas of petrol, green fruit and hazelnut to be appreciated. Here too there is excellent volume, intensity and power on the larger-scaled flavors that are at once succulent yet quite serious on the decidedly firm built-to-age finale. This too is excellent and a wine that should effortlessly reward a decade or more of cellaring. Drinking range: 2029 - Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, (Jun 2021)

The 2019 Meursault Poruzots 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet with notes of grilled walnut and almond, touches of nutmeg and smoke developing with continued aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, hints of stem ginger and lemon sherbet, with a poised and open-knit finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2023 - 2036 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, (Jan 2021)

A huge step up on the delicious village wine, this is a sensational wine and one with serious intensity and also staggering balance, too. This will be a great price, too, if history is anything to go by! Rating: 18.5+ Matthew Jukes (Jan 2021)

The 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots opens in the glass with notes of pear, white flowers, crisp green apple, white currants and praline. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's bright and lively, with lovely mid-palate amplitude and a long, saline finish. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)

Cask sample. Not much nose at this point but solid and chewy on the palate. Very sturdy but not much lift-off. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2021)

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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