The Germains farm small parcels of Pinot Noir in Chassagne-Montrachet for low, healthy yields. The racy textures and aromatics of this wine are enhanced (but not masked by) a perfect balance of old and new barrels.
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.