- Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet
- 2024 - 2029
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
A very central lieu dit close to the village below the town hall. West facing and shaded in the morning it makes the most of the afternoon sun and achieves perfect ripeness. An initial array of citrus fruits, from lemon peel to clementine, and Pink Lady apples which then give way as the weight of dry matter develops and characters of almond and nutmeg evolve. Naturally rich and superbly long.
Matthew Jukes, January 2022,
This is more like it, with a grip and length that runs on nicely and keeps its fruit and juiciness underpinned with crisp acidity throughout. Well-made and clean and also classically dimensioned, this is a lovely Meix and a wine that will drink nicely from the off but hold longer than expected, too.
Jasper Morris MW, January 2022,
Pale to mid lemon. A certain toast on the nose from this richer soil site. Some peachy notes through the middle, a little drier at the finish. A plumper style of Meursault than the Fichet norm, attractive without hitting the heights of class.
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.