Producer: Domaine Henri Germain et Fils
It’s always a pleasure to spend time with such a calm, modest and affable character as Jean-François Germain and a treat to taste his wines, which are so highly rated by his peers. This is a small estate of only seven hectares, centred on Meursault with some vines in Chassagne-Montrachet by way of Jean-François’ mother, one of the extended Pillot family.
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Jean-François is therefore a cousin of Paul Pillot; his wife is a Jobard and his brother is winemaker at Domaine Vincent Girardin it’s an interconnected world in the Côte d’Or! Germain wines are reliably charming and complex thanks to a very full flavour profile that can be attributed to the domaine’s cool, damp cellars, a factor that can stretch fermentation times to over a year. Those conditions also create a fascinating mosaic of penicillin and colourful fungi on the wet walls! Germain wines have been great favourites at Tanners since the early eighties when we started dealing with Henri Germain, always in the same cellars by a tiny vineyard in the old backstreets of Meursault and little changed. Due to the slow development of these wines in the cellars they always age extremely well.