2020 Domaine Germain 'Beaune to be Wild' Hautes Cotes de Beaune

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2020 Domaine Germain 'Beaune to be Wild' Hautes Cotes de Beaune
"I can’t wax lyrical enough about this beauty - proper red burgundy - classy, elegant, complex and balanced with lots of bright fresh Pinot fruit but has the capacity to mature into a beautiful farmyard, stinky mature burgundy - like red burgundy used to taste like! A classic." Alan Chapman

Tasting Notes

"When this matures it will be an absolute beaut! At the moment it’s all primary raspberry and cherry fruit but as it oxidises it will continually evolve to expose its secondary and tertiary Pinot noir characteristics of farmyard stinkiness. Real, proper, Burgundian Pinot as it used to be - can’t wait to keep my eye - actually - it’s keep my nose on this one over the coming years.

Incredibly intense, concentrated, complex yet balanced. Some earthiness just beginning to show through oxidation in the glass - this will become really earthy and vegetal through time - with mushrooms and truffle coming to the fore as the fruit begins to take on its secondary characters - then it’s onto those stinky, manure, farmyardy aromas as it hits its tertiary stage. Stunning!!  | Alan's Personal Notes Tasted  April 2024

Winemaking

Manual harvesting Integral vinification in half muids of 500 liters from 2018 5-day pre-fermentation maceration, then hot maceration during fermentation alcoholic up to 32°C for 12 days. Daily drum rotations at the rate of 8 turns morning and evening until the end of the sugars, then 2 rounds morning and evening in post-vinification.

Passage of two days in stainless steel tank in order to eliminate the coarse parts and keep only the fine lees. Ageing in French oak barrels for 8 months, no new wood. No addition of SO2 after malolactic fermentation or bottling to preserve the freshness and drinkability.

NB: This wine has a significant dissolved CO2 content. This is voluntary to protect the wine during its years in the bottle, it is enough just to carafe it energetically to chase away this surplus of gas and thus obtain a silky wine.

Specifications

Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Pinot Noir
Country France
Alcohol content
12.5 alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential
Ready to drink now but can also be cellared
Maturation 8 months in old oak
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food matches Tomato sauces and Game birds and pork. Serve between 16-17C
Additional Info Environmentally certified
Origin
Burgundy
Appellation AOC Bourgogne