Marginale is Germain’s old-vines cuvée, drawn from parcels on the limestone Fosse de Chaintre and from a small parcel of old vines on Turonian limestone in Les Poyeux. Made from the estates oldest and lowest yielding Cabernet Franc vines, the wine is given an extra 6 months élevage. Perhaps more than any other red, Marginale encapsulates the metamorphoses of Germain’s wines from powerhouse intensity to the profound elegance that today defines this domaine’s reds. Raised in large 25-hectolitre foudre for 12 months before finishing its elevage in three-year-old Burgundian piéces purchased from a grower in Vosne-Romanée. Super floral, and packed with red and dark cherry fruit, as well as hints of Asian spice, anise and cool menthol. There’s lovely mid-palate sweetness and length and the obvious potential to develop further complexity in bottle.