Domaine Henri Germain has just one hectare in the Beaune Premier Cru Bressandes, a vineyard with very sandy topsoil over limestone bedrock, which produces a bright, juicy and exuberant expression of Pinot Noir.
This is another mature Burgundy that won’t fade in a carafe, so don’t hesitate to decant it, and be sure to use a good glass. The wine has a glowing, limpid ruby color, with flashes of bright mahogany at the edge. The nose is endlessly complex with impressions of sweet black cherries, strawberry preserves, dark amber maple syrup, and crushed sweet herbs changing places with cool limestone, apple wood charcoal, and just-rained-on forest floor as the wine evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is juicy, sapid, and very elegant: sweet and pure on entry, with a warm, concentrated core that grows more and more voluminous with time, yet remains beautifully fresh and vibrant. And the long fine-grained finish leaves you wishing it would never end. About this wine producer: Henri Germain established his Domaine in 1973, when he left Château de Chorey les Beaune and moved to Meursault. The first vineyard was a small parcel in Meursault Charmes, but the estate grew substantially when Henri married Paulette Pillot, who had inherited vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, including this exceptional parcel in the sub-climat of Fairendes in Morgeot. Today there are eight hectares of vines in Meursault, Beaune, and Chassagne-Montrachet, producing about 30,000 bottles annually, of which 70% is white wine. Henri Germain has retired, but his modest, soft-spoken son, Jean-François, continues the production of some of the finest white wines in all of Burgundy.