BR33121

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er cru Aux Gravains, Henri Germain et Fils 2021



£73.00

75cl ALC 13%

A dark cherry nose with plenty of concentration, a burnt caramel note as well as being creamy and unctuous, before finely balance tannins and a lovely, long, sweet finish.


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France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune

Still Red

100% Pinot Noir

Medium-bodied

Drink or Keep

2021

Pork Belly

13%

75cl

Henri Germain et Fils

Down a narrow backstreet of Meursault and through the tiniest of vineyards is one of Burgundy’s most unfindable cellars.

They are amongst the coldest and dampest too, factors that play an important part in the making of some of Meursault’s most delicious wines. We have bought them, cellared them, and drunk them over many years, starting in the early eighties with Henri Germain, father of Jean-François who is the present incumbent. He is a modest and affable character who is highly regarded by his winemaking peers and in 2018 was joined by his daughter Lucie. At only 8 ha it isn’t a large domaine, but they have well-placed plots in Meursault and in Beaune 1er cru Bressandes. Their vines in Chassagne-Montrachet came by way of Jean-François’ mother, one of the that village’s extended Pillot family. Jean-François is therefore a cousin of Paul and Thierry Pillot, furthermore his wife is a Jobard and his brother Eric is winemaker at Vincent Girardin. It is an interconnected world in Burgundy! Back to those cellars with their colourful, fungi-encrusted walls and flurries of penicillin. It is these conditions that lead to extremely long alcoholic fermentations and malolactics that last well into the wines’ second winter in barrel. The flavour profiles of the wines are therefore enormously full and complex, leading to bottles that develop remarkably well over time.

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Vintage guide

The region basked under the summer sun in 2022, and thanks to cool nights the wines have avoided excess alcohol while retaining elegance, it all looks very promising. The 2021 vintage was severely affected by frost in the spring which means yields are historically low, the wines are fresh and juicy. 2020 was one of the earliest vintages on record following a warm summer but the wines have an appealing freshness too, like a combination of the previous two vintages. There was an absence of frost in 2019 but yields were still restricted, this time by drought, the resulting wines have great richness and concentration. A very good vintage in 2018 with no frosts in the early part of the season though rain in the first half of summer caused some disease pressure. Hail affected Nuits St-Georges and the Hautes-Côtes reducing yields. The resulting wines are rich and concentrated. Quantities in 2017 will be better than 2016 with equally good results. They are more red fruited than black, showing great elegance. 2016 proved a rollercoaster of a season with everything thrown at the growers in the early season but what fruit survived through to harvest is very good. Quantities, however, are small. 2015 is a memorable vintage for red Burgundy, certainly on the rich side. The red wines of 2014 are more ‘classic’, have a great combination of red and black fruits as well as being charmingly approachable in their youth. After a late start and a cool summer, a dry September saved the day in 2013, the Pinot being light but very pure.

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