- Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet
- 2024 - 2030
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
The oldest vineyards on the estate planted back in 1928 by Jean-Philippe’s grandfather, so this is unsurprisingly a deeply intense cuvée. This is an eye-catching style with its perfume of warm baguette, apricots and quince. Strikingly controlled, it balances its exuberance of flavours of fresh toffee and caramel with a bite of freshness and long continuous finish.
Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
Les Gruyaches builds on a firm base of fruit and stays on the more masculine side of the fence with fairly powerful fruit notes and not as many floral details as were found on the Meix. This is a nice wine with great value to be found if you are a fan of slightly more commanding Meursault. It will need a year or two for the oak to melt away, but this is a smart wine and a cunning buy.
Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
Mid lemon colour. Heavenly bouquet, the vintage seems to suit the ancient vines of Gruyaches. There is a depth of fruit emerging on the nose, ripe plum fruit, nothing honeyed, good acidity behind, intensity builds at the back of the palate, lemon scented but these are properly ripe lemons. Very persistent
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.