Domaine Henri Germain et Fils

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

  • Founded

    1973

  • Farming

    Organic (practising)

Last year, I argued that Domaine Henri Germain might well be Meursault’s best-kept secret, and this year, despite signs that the world is taking notice, I repeat that claim. This is a superb source for classically balanced, artisanal white Burgundy that’s built to age, and the softly spoken Jean-François Germain is justly one of the village’s most well-respected vignerons.

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, January 2020

Technical Information

Wine BlendVine age Soil typeVineyard area
Bourgogne BlancChardonnayClay & limestone
MeursaultChardonnayClay & limestone
Meursault ChevalièresChardonnayClay & limestone
Meursault 1er cru CharmesChardonnayClay & limestone
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Morgeot Les FairendesChardonnayClay & limestone
Beaune 1er cru BressandesPinot NoirClay & limestone

Viticulture & Vinification

  • Organic practising
  • Hand-harvested
  • Wild yeast fermentation
  • No bâtonnage
  • Minimal racking
  • Low use of new oak, barrels are kept for 10 years
  • Long élevage, two winters in barrel on the lees. 18 months village wines, 22 months 1ers crus
  • Unfined & unfiltered
  • A very cold cellar! – results in slow alcoholic and malolactic fermentations