2019 Rouge Clos des Mouches Domaine Henri Germain


A lovely floral and red fruit nose, with touches of wildflower and hedgerow in a very fine texture - silky - lots of flavour and character - altogether a bit gorgeous. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S (Feb 2019)

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(from a small .53 ha monopole). Gentle wood sets off overtly spicy and earth aromas that blend notes of both red and dark pinot fruit. Here too the barely middle weight flavors possess a really lovely texture thanks to the lilting mouthfeel of the punch, balanced and sneaky long finish. As it always is, this is a Meursault rouge of finesse and refinement though it will need to add depth to merit the upper end of my predicted range. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, (Apr 2021)

The 2019 Meursault Clos des Mouches 1er Cru (Rouge) comes across just a little flat on the nose. The palate is balanced with simple red berry fruit, crushed strawberry and raspberry laced with light peppery notes, gaining some weight and more complexity towards its finish. Early drinking red Meursault. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, (Jan 2021)

Aromas of peonies, orange rind, wild berries and spices introduce the 2019 Meursault Clos des Mouches Rouge, a medium to full-bodied, supple and satiny wine that's lively, melting and perfumed. Germain opted to vinify this monopole with 40% whole bunches this year. Rating: 90-92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)

Light ruby. Quite a bit of acidity evident on the nose with some green leafiness overlaying the very sweet fruit. Some spiciness. This is the sort of wine you'd be very happy to drink in a Burgundy restaurant at lunchtime but you might want a tad more guts in the evening. Well constituted though. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 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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