2019 Henri Germain Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

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

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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.

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.

92 Points - “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)

92 Points - “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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