As always with fine Burgundy, red or white, use a large well-shaped glass, and don’t overfill it. This limpid, green-gold, warm-vintage Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru is a textbook example of how fine wine fascinates with its vitality as it evolves over time in the glass. The nose unfolds like a peacock’s tail, with aromas of ripe white peaches, salted Seckel pears, green apples, and citrus blossoms alternating with more fleeting suggestions of fresh cream, Marcona almonds and even a hint of the petrol side of dry Riesling. On the palate, the wine is impressively dense, textured, and vibrant, with ample, focused flavors echoing and magnifying the beautiful orchard fruit nose, along with mouth-watering, palpable saline minerality, and a long, harmonious lime-citric finish. The overriding impression is one of refinement and self-confident elegance. Drink now for its compelling primary fruit, or lay away in your own cool dark cellar for fifteen years or more.
About this wine producer: Henri Germain established his Domaine in 1973, when he left Château de Chorey les Beaune and moved to Meursault. The first vineyard was a small parcel in Meursault Charmes, but the estate grew substantially when Henri married Paulette Pillot, who had inherited vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, including this exceptional parcel in the sub-climat of Fairendes in Morgeot. Today there are eight hectares of vines in Meursault, Beaune, and Chassagne-Montrachet, producing about 30,000 bottles annually, of which 70% is white wine. Henri Germain has retired, but his modest, soft-spoken son, Jean-François, continues the production of some of the finest white wines in all of Burgundy.