2019 Henri Germain Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Burgundy, France

Tightly-wound, rare-as-the-proverbial, 1er Cru White Burgundy with years ahead to reveal itself.


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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.

Jean-François Germain
Jean-François Germain
Burgundy, France
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From the Importer

Without a doubt, one of the truly great examples of this vineyard. The youngest vines here are 35 years old, and Germain’s six parcels cross both the lower and upper (dessous and dessus) parts of the vineyard, although most are at the top of the climat, abutting the Puligny Premier Crus. This may be why certain experienced tasters claim that Germain’s Charmes is often his most ‘Puligny-like’ wine. It may be sacrilege to say so—but this is a Meursault Charmes that can be as great as many a Perrières.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2036
Bottle Size : 750ml

All hands on deck - hand harvesting at Domaine Germain
All hands on deck - hand harvesting at Domaine Germain
Burgundy, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Advocate

“Unwinding in the glass with aromas of pear, toasted bread, praline and white flowers, framed by a touch of youthful reduction, Germain’s 2019 Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with fine concentration, chalky structuring extract and tangy acids. Elegantly muscular and penetrating, this is a seamless, complete Charmes.” - William Kelley (The Wine Advocate)


“The 2019 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru has a lifted nose, although for me there is a bit too much oak that occludes the fruit profile at the moment. Leaving the glass aside for five minutes, a light wet clay scent develops. The palate is based around what clearly must be a low pH, full of tension and nerve, and displaying just the right amount of bitterness toward the finish. The energy in this nascent wine should ensure longevity.” - Neal Martin (Vinous)


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