Domaine Henri Germain et Fils
Meursault “Limozin” ♥
Villages White barrel
Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
Outstanding Top value
Note: from 80+ year old vines below Genevrières
Producer note: Jean-François Germain told me that the 2017 growing season was “relatively calm and much easier to manage than was 2016. I chose to begin picking on the 30th of August and the fruit was both clean and ripe while giving us comfortable but not high yields. I would go so far as to say that the fruit was just about perfect in terms of having the right combination of sugar ripeness, phenolic maturity, good acidities and freshness and all of these aspects are reflected in the resulting wines. I like the 2017s quite a bit as they have what I search for in my whites.” Just as he did in 2016, and as the scores and commentaries confirm, Germain did especially well in 2017. (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: This too is textbook Meursault with its hazelnut and floral suffused nose that displays notes of white peach and pear. There is good richness and intensity to the medium-bodied flavors that possess solid complexity and length on the balanced finish where once again a hint of bitter lemon appears. This is less mineral-driven than the Chevalières but offers more mid-palate density and succulence. A qualitative choice but both wines are excellent even if they’re very different from one another.