The fruit for this cuvée comes from five lieux dits spread across the appellation creating a very complete example of the village’s style. Initially a little reserved on the nose with light aromas of fresh orange peel. On the palate fans out into striking flavours of warm buttered toast. Extremely appealing for early drinking.
Moderate reduction is enough to dominate the nose today though there is good freshness to the racy yet generously proportioned flavors that possess better mid-palate density, all wrapped in a detailed, minerally and super-refreshing finish that is clean, dry and focused. Outstanding. Drink 2024+
Fichet's 2017 Meursault Village exhibits notes of ripe citrus fruit, white flowers, beeswax and a subtle framing of wood, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny palate that's pure, precise but giving. It's more accessible and immediate than his more intellectual lieux-dits bottlings.
Slightly green-tinged yellow. Lively scents of lemon, lime and white peach lifted by exhilarating notes of white pepper and flowers. Ripe and sweet but penetrating too, with its concentrated flavors of apple and pear enlivened by saline minerality. This very well-balanced village wine finishes tactile and persistent.
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.