2017 Henri Germain et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Les Fairendes (750ml)
89-92 points Burghound - Allen Meadows
A more restrained nose reluctantly offers up its aromas of resin, white orchard fruit and soft wood toast nuances. As one would expect, this is much bigger and richer with its broad-shouldered flavors that display fine power and muscle on the sappy if not particularly complex finale. This possesses fine development potential and the depth should eventually, and progressively, emerge.
Jean-François Germain told me that the 2017 growing season was "relatively calm and much easier to manage than was 2016. I chose to begin picking on the 30th of August and the fruit was both clean and ripe while giving us comfortable but not high yields. I would go so far as to say that the fruit was just about perfect in terms of having the right combination of sugar ripeness, phenolic maturity, good acidities and freshness and all of these aspects are reflected in the resulting wines. I like the 2017s quite a bit as they have what I search for in my whites." Just as he did in 2016, and as the scores and commentaries confirm, Germain did especially well in 2017. (6/2019)