Domaine Henri Germain

Jean-François Germain is one of Meursault’s outstanding winemakers.

The wines spend two winters in barrel yet they emerge as some of the freshest, liveliest and most weightless of Meursaults whilst carrying plenty of supporting structure. The oak is rarely new, with the barrels being kept for a decade before being sold back to the tonnellerie. The reds are also extremely stylish with vivid ample fruit and length.

For a long time this domaine operated in the shadow of the village’s more famous addresses but this is certainly no longer the case and he is hugely sought after on both sides of the channel.

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

  • Total holdings

    7ha

  • Winemaker

    Jean-Françoise Germain

  • Established

    1973

  • Cultivation

    Organic farming

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Bourgogne blanc Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Meursault Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Meursault Le Limozin Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Meursault Chevalières Chardonnay - Light friable soil -
Meursault 1er cru Charmes Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Meursault 1er cru Porusots Chardonnay - Clay & limestone with little topsoil -
Meursault 1er cru Perrières Chardonnay - Stony limestone & clay -
Chassagne-Montrachet blanc 1er cru Morgeot Les Fairendes Chardonnay - Clay & limestone -
Meursault rouge Clos des Mouches Pinot Noir - Clay & limestone -
Beaune 1er cru rouge Bressandes Pinot Noir - Reddish soil, limestone, clay & sand -

Viticulture / Vinification

White & Red wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • No bâtonnage
  • No racking until bottling
  • Long élevage - 18 months for village wines, 22 for the 1ers crus
  • Very little new oak is used - barrels are kept for 10 years
  • Rarely fined or filtered
  • The primary fermentations often take months to complete
  • Malolactic fermentations tend to be late, due to the cold cellars