15% off 6+ bottles of wine . Free NSW delivery on 6+ standard bottles . Free Australia-wide delivery on $500+ spend

Henri Germain Cote d'Or Bourgogne Blanc 2021

Henri Germain Cote d'Or Bourgogne Blanc 2021

$103.70 In any mixed 6
$122.00 per single bottle
Regular price
Total: $122.00
Sale price
$122.00
Unit price
per 
We currently have 2 in stock.
Buy any mixed 6 to get 15% off
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

Tasting Notes

The ’18 was the first to be bottled under the new Bourgogne Côte d’Or appellation (which distinguishes these wines from Bourgogne grown outside the Côte d’Or). It comes from around a hectare of vines spread over three Meursault terroirs: Les Belles Côtes, just below Les Chevalières; Au Jardin; and Petit Clos, the latter a beautiful patch of vines and a true Clos, right next to the winery in the centre of Meursault. A fourth parcel of vines in Chassagne has come online since the 2016 vintage. It’s a wonderful example of Bourgogne, with good depth of creamy fruit, crackling acidity and lovely chalky, mineral drive. - Importer Note

Quiet, unassuming and media shy, Jean-François Germain crafts some of the most delicious and under-exposed white Burgundies on the Côte. We have been earnestly beating a drum for the quality of this fine Domaine for many years, so why stop now. Henri Germain is a benchmark white Burgundy producer of the highest order; up there with the very, very best. Recent years have seen Germain's star rise in the export markets, due in part to American critics waking up to what is happening at this Domaine, but also because so many other great Burgundy producers rave about Germain's whites. This is what is most telling for us; the admiration that Germain receives on the Côte itself. One of our favourite stories about this producer came from the legendary Bruno Clair, who told us that his brother buys Jean-Francois Germain's whites each year now and without fail calls Bruno to inform him how much better the Germain whites are than his! Clair went on to praise the high standard of viticulture practised by Jean-François Germain. Burgundians like Bruno Clair do not offer such praise lightly. Producers in our portfolio like Olivier Lamy, Thierry Pillot and Benjamin Leroux have also regularly made the claim that the whites of J.F. Germain are the best in Burgundy! Obviously they are talking about their personal tastes, but again, these are not the kind of people who would make such statements lightly.The Germain methods are very traditional with organic farming, low yields and cellar work that keeps interference to a minimum. Prior to 2004, the wines had been excellent; tightly wound, classic and long lived. From 2004, thanks to subtle changes in viti and vini culture, the wines became more textural, more intense, more mind blowing. The vinification is minimalist in the extreme with no added yeasts, no enzymes and not even any bâtonnage (bar extremely austere vintages like 1996). If the lees are sufficiently clean, the wines are never racked and the élevage lasts 18 months for the village wines and a full 22 months for the remaining wines. The wines are rarely fined or filtered. The cold cellars make for a very long, slow élevage, the malos are always late and the primary fermentations typically take between three and twelve months. Importantly, the wines see little new oak, usually between 20-30%.For those who can actually get their hands on these wines, quality has never been better. As many of our customers will know, Burgundy producers renowned for their whites can often be an excellent source of very fairly priced, delicious reds. Jean-François Germain is a terrific example of such a producer. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine White Chardonnay
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub Region Bourgogne
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)