En Primeur | Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet 2019

Jean-Philippe was just 20 when his father handed down the family’s sharecropping arrangements in the village of Meursault. In the intervening 40 years Jean-Philippe has lost none of his enthusiasm nor his thirst for knowledge. As a young winemaker he espoused the then fashion for new oak and frequent bâtonnage in cask, making full and hedonistic wines. Today the estate’s style is more reflective. Jean-Philippe believes the origins of great wine are first and foremost in the vineyard. His motto is to respect the soil and the vine, treating only when necessary. Earlier picking dates deliver a stunning mineral freshness. In the winery he operates a much gentler handling process than in his youth. Larger casks and less new oak mean the wines possess superb fruit content.

Our cellar visit with Jean-Philippe is always one of the highlights of the tasting trip and was greatly missed this year. One of the most authoritative members of the commune, he is always so insightful and full of profound wisdom. It is testament to his skills that his 2019s left everyone who tasted them buzzing. They are such a fabulous representation of both appellation and vintage. They have the Meursault richness, a touch of reserve but most importantly the fabulous zip of freshness which is 2019’s calling card.

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Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Jean-Philippe Fichet

12x75cl 10+ £195.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    A lovely flowing style, full of clotted cream and fudge flavours, but with fresh, balancing acidity. A mini-Meursault: gloriously approachable with an underlying structure and freshness. Already delicious.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 16.5

    Cool, slightly green and grassy on the nose and nowhere near the silkiness of Javillier’s Forgets, this is a bright, willowy, lean wine with cleansing acidity and light touch throughout. Summer 2021’s house glugger.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 87-89

    Pale colour. The nose is powerful, not in an alcohol sense, but just suggesting a significant weight of flavour on the palate. Very pure white fruit, this is really brilliant, even ahead of Vides Bourses this year. There is such a huge wealth of flavour behind, excellent acidity, this will take a really long time. Really impressive. 4 stars

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2019

Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Jean-Philippe Fichet

12x37.5cl 10 £120.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    A lovely flowing style, full of clotted cream and fudge flavours, but with fresh, balancing acidity. A mini-Meursault: gloriously approachable with an underlying structure and freshness. Already delicious.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 16.5

    Cool, slightly green and grassy on the nose and nowhere near the silkiness of Javillier’s Forgets, this is a bright, willowy, lean wine with cleansing acidity and light touch throughout. Summer 2021’s house glugger.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 87-89

    Pale colour. The nose is powerful, not in an alcohol sense, but just suggesting a significant weight of flavour on the palate. Very pure white fruit, this is really brilliant, even ahead of Vides Bourses this year. There is such a huge wealth of flavour behind, excellent acidity, this will take a really long time. Really impressive. 4 stars

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2019

Meursault Les Chevalières Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 10 £250.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    Jean-Philippe is a great fan of the Chevalières lieu dit, renowned for producing intense wines with a full structure. A very floral style, white summer stone fruits give way to a touch of Jersey cream and brioche. Very full, with great persistence.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 18.5+

    Turning the volume knob up a little, we have more fruit here than is found in Le Tesson, but it is slightly closed and there is more minerality here than found in Gruyaches and with this it holds more acidity, too, all of the way along the flavour trail. Tougher to enjoy right now, but packed with potential, this is a wine for the future, but it will unfurl beautifully in time and be a rock star.

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2019

Meursault Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 10+ £185.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    A fine example of Jean-Philippe’s style. Soft and gentle, with white fruit, buttery notes, a hint of panna cotta and vanilla. The luscious fruit is balanced by seamless freshness and a bold line of acid zip. Lovely.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 17

    A little bit closed and firm, with a hint of muscle on the palate, this is an abrupt wine with little perfume and it needs a chance to settle. It slightly falls between two stools.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 88-91

    Fichet’s blended Meursault has a pale lemon colour along with some good fruit weight to the nose. The palate expresses solid powerful white fruit with a few tannins behind. A good level of acidity too enhances the balance. 3 stars

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2019

Meursault Jean-Philippe Fichet

3x150cl 10+ £200.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    A fine example of Jean-Philippe’s style. Soft and gentle, with white fruit, buttery notes, a hint of panna cotta and vanilla. The luscious fruit is balanced by seamless freshness and a bold line of acid zip. Lovely.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 17

    A little bit closed and firm, with a hint of muscle on the palate, this is an abrupt wine with little perfume and it needs a chance to settle. It slightly falls between two stools.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 88-91

    Fichet’s blended Meursault has a pale lemon colour along with some good fruit weight to the nose. The palate expresses solid powerful white fruit with a few tannins behind. A good level of acidity too enhances the balance. 3 stars

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2019

Meursault Les Gruyaches Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 10+ £240.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    At 91 years’ old, Gruyaches is the oldest of Jean-Philippe’s vineyards, planted by his grandfather in 1928. These aged, deep-rooted vines coped superbly in the drier summer months, accessing water stores deep in the soil, and have produced a terrific 2019. Bright straw colour, with layers of fresh fruit flavours. There is no sign of any vine stress, just a full, rich wine finishing on freshly juiced peaches.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 18+

    Darker tones in fruit and veg terms and more tied to the soil in terms of minerality and depth, this is a profound Gruyaches which manages to nail this vineyard’s character while retaining brightness and lift on the nose. Clever and fascinating but not showy.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    Still the old vines from 1928, which are holding up really well. Pale lemon in colour with a fine classical nose. The depth of the root system in fuller soil is paying off. This is beautiful on the palate, sumptuous yet firmly anchored in the acidity. Excellent, albeit powerful, aftertaste. 4 stars

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2019

Meursault Meix sous le Château Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 10+ £200.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    This warm, enclosed site has delivered a rich concentrated wine in 2019. With masses of crème anglaise, ripe peach and white flowers, it has a generous opulence underpinned by a classic mineral backbone. Extremely giving, long and full on the finish.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 18

    Pliable, layered, spring-like freshness and a delightful lightness of touch make this is a beautiful and elegant wine with clean lines, bright minerality and masses of verve. Forward-drinking but respectfully prim on the finish, this is a delicious wine with an indelible Fichet signature.

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2019

Meursault Le Tesson Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 8 £275.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    Le Tesson is always one of the stars of this great domaine’s stable. Lore in the village has it that these steep easterly exposed slopes should have been classified as Premier Cru. Controlled and energetic, this has fabulous purity, with hints of mandarin and lemon sherbet. Bright clean and fresh, with a tinge of freshly made crème caramel at the very end. Lovely.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 18.5

    Plush and more toothsome on the mid-palate, this is a more upholstered and ever so slightly more decadent wine with a pliant mid-palate and a touch of wild honey and stone fruit which adds gloss and élan. More of an expressive style and drop-dead gorgeous already, this is a seriously attractive wine and it maintains Fichet restraint, too.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    Just half a crop. Mid primrose in colour. There is the usual high class Tesson bouquet with white fruit and a mineral feel. The fruit absolutely fills the mouth with some orange zest accompanying the acidity at the back and pure white fruit. Not overheated. Jean-Philippe had gone into one of his self-deprecating moods, but I like this wine. 4 stars

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2019

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts Jean-Philippe Fichet

6x75cl 4 £360.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2020

    This Premier Cru, with clay and marl soils, lies on the border with Meursault and therefore makes a bigger style of Puligny. Shining lemon yellow colour, this is a lovely open wine, with flavours of peach and fresh apricot. It has a rich, silky creaminess to it, yet keeps its citrus brightness. High class in every way

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 19+

    As always this is not a Meursault-shaped Puligny, but a genuine PM-shaped creation, with Fichet’s magical touch on board. Lovely and thrillingly appointed, this is my favourite Fichet Puligny ever and it accurately embraces both this elite vineyard, the sensational vintage and also the precision-build which Fichet is rightly so renowned. This is an amazing wine.

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