2011 Domaine Henri Germain & Fils Meursault Charmes 1er Cru


Over the last few months, I have been drinking quite a few bottles from Domaine Henri Germain. Winemaker Jean-François Germain has really ratcheted up quality in recent years thanks both to the pedigree of his family’s holdings and his conscientious approach. Germain still flies a little under-the-radar, and though prices are increasing, you can still find their wines on restaurant lists at reasonable cost, just as I did with this bottle at Noizé in London.

The 2011 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru has a delightful nose that sports a slight reduction, touches of liquorice and peppermint complementing the citrus fruit, Japanese yuzu emerging with time. There is plenty of energy wound-up in this Meursault. Considering the vintage, the palate is quite intense with ample weight and a very slight viscosity, though it is counterbalanced by a fine line of acidity. Grapefruit, tinned apricot and mango come forward towards the finish. There is a sense of electricity running through the Charmes that I appreciate. Probably at its peak now, it has the substance to last another 12 to 15 years. 92/Drink 2022-2036.

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