GD’s annual campaign for Burgundy has kicked off and to mark the occasion, we wanted to share an offer on a mixed case of 2018s from Meursault’s Henri Germain and Volnay’s Marquis d’Angerville. Some additional wine provided by these respective domaines means we are able to make a limited amount available outside of what is already allocated to customers.
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville of Volnay is truly one of the great Burgundian domaines. During the 1920s, Sem d’Angerville, along with Henri Gouges, became one of the first Burgundy estate owners to begin selling estate-bottled wine. (This was in direct response to the fraudulent practice of the négociants blending Burgundy with bulk wine from the south of France). Having spearheaded this movement, both Sem d’Angerville and Henri Gouges were then asked by fellow estate owners to establish a hierarchy of Burgundy vineyards, which they completed in 1935 with the creation of the Appellation d’Origin Controlée (AOC) system. Today, Guillaume, Marquis d’Angerville, presides over the Domaine’s 15 hectares of vines (12 of which are planted exclusively in Volnay). Guillaume safeguards the longstanding reputation of the Domaine in producing wines of the utmost quality and that always remain true to their respective terroir, by working in tandem with nature. Biodynamic viticulture has been central to the Domaine’s philosophy since 2006. The hard work done in the vineyards is complimented by wines of sheer class.
Burgundy’s forgotten grapes: Gamay and Aligoté. In the right hands, these two grapes are capable of producing wines of real quality and that punch way above their price tags.
The d’Angerville Bourgogne Passetoutgrain (blend of roughly half Pinot Noir and half Gamay Noir) is produced from a single plot located in the eastern portion of Volnay, in Monpoulain. The soils are quite deep and rich in clay. The Bourgogne Aligoté is produced from three vineyard blocks, also situated in Monpoulain and alongside the Passetoutgrain block.
Domaine Henri Germain et Fils is a small grower that we added to our portfolio only recently. The 2018s mark just the second vintage at GD from this modest domaine, which was recommended to us by one of our other producers – none other than Jean-Marc Roulot. The Domaine was founded in 1973 when Henri Germain, from the same family as Domaine Château de Chorey-les-Beaune, decided to set up an operation on his own. Henri’s son, Jean-François Germain, has since taken over the running of the Domaine with the help of his daughter Lucie. He currently presides over a mere seven hectares of vines with 75% of the production dedicated to white (Chardonnay) wine.
The 2018 vintage marks the first time we are getting an allocation of the Domaine’s Côte d’Or Bourgogne Blanc. This wine is the perfect introduction to the style of Henri Germain, and with so little made, it offers tremendous value for the quality inside the bottle. The grapes for the wine are sourced from around 1 hectare of vines spread over three Meursault terroirs: Les Belles Côtes (just below Les Chevalières); Au Jardin and Petit Clos.
“Longtime winemaker Bruno Gaspard and the Vacheron family are producing some of the finest wines in the entire Rhône valley”
Josh Raynolds | Vinous (December 2019)
“This estate, with its numerous excellent bottlings, is on a serious roll. Its top Côtes du Rhône efforts are capable of besting some others’ Châteauneufs, at a fraction of the price”
Joe Czerwinski | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (September 2020)
6-bottle mixed case
per 6-bottle mixed case
Domaine Henri Germain et Fils | Côte d’Or Bourgogne Blanc 2018 | 2 x bottles
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville | Bourgogne Aligoté 2018 | 2 x bottles
Domaine Marquis d’Angerville | Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2018 | 2 x bottles
Only 20 mixed cases available
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