As always with fine Burgundy, red or white, use a large well-shaped glass, and don’t overfill it. This saturated green-gold, warm-vintage Meursault Premier Cru is a perfect example of how fine wine fascinates with its vitality as it evolves over time in the glass. The nose unfurls with aromas of ripe Bosc pears, fresh fennel, green apple peel, and almond blossoms, alternating with more fleeting suggestions of lanolin, parsley, allspice, and toasted brioche as the nose develops over time. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, concentrated, and elegant, with ample, focused flavors that echo and magnify the beautiful orchard fruit nose, including apple scented custard, roasted hazelnuts, and vanilla bean, all persisting in the long, sweet-spice-and-white-pepper seasoned finish infused with palpable briny minerality. The overriding impression is one of refinement and self-confident elegance. Drink now for its vibrant primary fruit, or lay away in your own cool dark cellar for fifteen years or more.
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.