Domaine Henri Germain et Fils
Meursault “Limozin” ♥
Villages White barrel
Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
Note: from 80+ year old vines below Genevrières
Producer note: Jean-François Germain told me that the 2016 growing season was “about as difficult as 2015 was easy between the constant wet conditions, frost and the mildew. The frost damage though was highly disparate as we had basically no damage in Perrières, Chevalières and Charmes yet we were off between 15 and 75% in the others. We picked beginning on the 20th of September under ideal conditions that enabled us to pick reasonably fast as there was no sorting to speak of. Moreover the fruit was ripe so it was easy to vinify. I like the vintage as it’s more classically styled than say 2015.” As the scores and commentaries confirm, Germain did especially well in 2016. (Success Wines, NJ, Milton Road Trading Corp, LLC, www.miltonroadtrading.com, CA, both USA; Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, Adnams, www.adnams.co.uk, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk and Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: There is a whiff of the exotic present on the hazelnut, tangerine skin and various white orchard fruit scents. The bigger and richer, if slightly less mineral-inflected, flavors coat the mouth with dry extract while delivering excellent persistence and complexity on the mildly more structured finale. This is texturally a completely different wine than the Chevalières. Lovely stuff.