JURA & SAVOIE

LANGUEDOC-ROUSILLON & CAHORS

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RHONE VALLEY

HENRI GERMAIN & FILS

Jean-François Germain

The discreet Jean-François took over his father, Germain. His wines are instantly appreciated by the lucky ones who manage to get their hands on a bottle of this hidden gem. No-fuss on this property, just soft and delicate work that remains under the radar for now. 
The discreet Jean-François took over his father Germain. His wines are instantly appreciated by the lucky ones who manage to get their hands on a bottle of this hidden gem. No fuss on this property, just soft and delicate work, that remains under the radar for now. 
The 8ha are worked according to organic methods, with very low yield. Even though the estate is centred on Meursault, Jean-François also works on some vines in Chassagne-Montrachet. The reds are easier, and the Pinot Noir gives intense aromas of spicy berries, grilled meat and loamy soil. 

The Germain methods are very traditional, and their cellar work keeps interference to a minimum. The vinification is extremely minimalist with no added yeasts, no enzymes and not even any bâtonnage. If the lees are sufficiently clean, the wines are never racked, and the élevage lasts 18 months for the village wines and a full 22 months for the remaining wines. The wines are rarely fined or filtered. The cold cellars, perfect for slow and long élevage, make the malos always late and the primary fermentations typically take between three and twelve months! Jean-François is happy to take his time. Importantly, the wines see little new oak, usually between 20-30% only. 

The Germain methods are very traditional and their cellar work keeps interference to a minimum. The vinification is extremely minimalist with no added yeasts, no enzymes and not even any bâtonnage. If the lees are sufficiently clean, the wines are never racked and the élevage lasts 18 months for the village wines and a full 22 months for the remaining wines. The wines are rarely fined or filtered. The cold cellars, perfect for slow and long élevage, make the malos always late and the primary fermentations typically take between three and twelve months! Jean-François is happy to take his time. Importantly, the wines see little new oak, usually between 20-30% only. 

REGION OF PRODUCTION

Burgundy - France


APPELLATION

Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Beaune Bressande 


FOUNDED

1973


VINEYARD

8 hectares


CLIMATE

Continental climate


SOIL COMPOSITION

Jurassic marls, limestone and chalk


VARIETIES GROWN

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir


AGRICULTURE

Organic

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