- Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet
- 2022 - 2028
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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.
Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
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.
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
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
Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet
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.