Positioned just below the historical castle of Meursault (demolished by Louis XI in 1478) this lieu dit always makes for an open and broad style. With opulent aromas of clementines and fresh Jersey cream, and sweet flavours of apricot on the palate. This is a deliciously full mouth-coating wine of dimension and true pleasure.
Tasting note: Mild reduction diminishes slightly the expressiveness of the otherwise ripe grapefruit-suffused aromas. There is relatively good concentration and vibrancy to the generously proportioned middle weight flavors that also terminate in a clean, dry and focused finish that is pretty but lacks the same overall depth. Score 88-90 /100 Drink Dates 2021+ Producer note: When I inquired about the 2014 vintage last year, Jean-Philippe Fichet prefaced his comments by sighing that kind of sigh that communicates more than words can easily express by noting "we got destroyed by hail yet again and it's becoming difficult to deal with." This sentiment, which was quite common among his peers in the Côte de Beaune, has been replaced by a different one in 2015 as Fichet said "for once I'm smiling because compared to 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015 was a piece of cake plus we had reasonable though not high yields. I chose to begin picking on the 1st of September and the fruit basically could not have been cleaner. Potential alcohols were also very good as they ranged from 13 to 13.6%. I did absolutely no lees stirring as it seemed clear from the very beginning that richness wasn't going to be something that the 2015s lacked. As to the wines, while I can't say that 2015 is stylistically what I search for in my wines, it's ok to have a richer and more opulent style of vintage from time to time. Plus, unlike more classic vintages, the 2015s should please those who enjoy being able to drink their wines young." Note that the first three wines reviewed below are négociant wines while the rest are from domaine fruit.
This has got to be the most well organised cellar in the Côte de Beaune. Jean-Philippe’s attention to detail in his winery is a good indication of his handling of fruit, and goes some way to explaining the precise and distinct characteristics found in his wines each possessing their own unique timbre. These wines are made with great care and patience, and all enjoy 12 months in barrel (he tends to use larger 600 litre demi-muids rather than the traditional 228 litre pièces) followed by a further 6 months on fine lees in tank. His painstaking attention to detail is demonstrated in his wines, which are pure and seamless. Though most of his wines are only village lieux dits, they could easily be mistaken for premiers crus.
Meursault is the first great white wine area that one stumbles upon on leaving Beaune. Unlike other white dominated appellations in Burgundy, Meursault has no grand cru vineyards. It nonetheless has significant flair and power which make up for this deficiency. Indeed, if tasted blind some of these wines could even surpass other Burgundian grand crus. They are no fainting daisies. This may partially be due to Meursault's lower water table which enables the roots to delve deep in the soil picking up many trace minerals and which further stresses the vines. In addition, the cellars are more profound and cooler, enabling long fermentations, which increase complexity and longevity. Some interesting red wines are also made.