About the Wine
Tightly coiled, this wine is the nerviest of the Germain releases, and a wine that needs time to evolve and reveal its true nature.
With vines a minimum of 35 years-old across both the lower and upper parts of the vineyard, much of them sitting closely to the border with Puligny, it’s no wonder that some claim this wine to be Jean François’s most Pulignyesque wine. While so much of what we think we know about Burgundy is tied up in the politics of classification, and history of the vineyards, in truth, it’s the great growers of today who can often dictate the quality of the wines as opposed to the vineyard hierarchy.
This wine may very well be that sort of example, it will just take some patience to find out.
About Domaine Henri Germain
When someone mentions that a winemaker is a favourite amongst the who’s who of Burgundy, it’s wise to stand up and take notice. The humble, and discreet producer Jean-François Germain is that name.
If Benjamin Leroux among others believes that these are some of the best White Burgundies around, who are we to disagree? For lovers of crystal pure wines with energy, these are truly some of the finest on the Cote d'Or.
Low-yielding vines grown organically, with some parcels biodynamically in recent years, the fruit is always picked ripe whether yields are high or low. Whole-bunch pressing, then racking into barrel, and fermentation with native yeasts only. With little use of new oak, this wines are a true representation of the quality fruit, all grown by Jean-François.
The secret might be getting out that this is a producer you need to know. With minuscule quantities reaching our shores, unfortunately, only a select few will get to taste first-hand.