Jean-François’ Meursault Villages comes from seven different parcels totaling just one hectare (!) After fermentation, the wine is aged for twelve months in barrel (20% of which are new, followed by four months in tank before bottling.
First, use a good large Burgundy glass if you can, not only to contain the fascinating aromas (this is another textbook example of how fine wine evolves over time after it’s poured), but also to show off the wine’s saturated bright yellow-gold color. The nose unfolds with aromas of ripe Braeburn apples, dried honey, and Marcona almonds moving in and out of the foreground, adding fleeting suggestions of salted Seckel pears, linden, parsley, and lime blossoms as the nose develops over time. On entry, the wine is impressively concentrated, then becomes languid, as the ripe honeyed flavors grow more voluminous with time, adding roasted hazelnuts and applewood smoke, but always remains firm, fresh and vibrant, like a perfect skipping stone (and the empty glass smells great for hours). 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 retired years ago, but his modest, soft-spoken son, Jean-François, continues the production of some of the finest wines in all of the Côte de Beaune. Which in the historic 2019 vintage, show “une trés bonne densité, avec une transparence de terroir” (very good density and transparency of terroir), according to Jean-François.