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In the early 19th century, Meursault was esteemed above all other Burgundy villages for its white wines—a respect rooted in the unparalleled diversity of its soils. But later in the same century, the rise of Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Corton Charlemagne pushed Meursault from the limelight. Today, Meursault is back on top, and a new generation of winemakers is capitalizing on its diverse soils to make some of Burgundy’s most exciting white wines. “Expression” is the order of the day, and wines of unprecedented individuality are emerging from such cellars as Comtes Lafon, Guy Roulot and Arnaud Ente. But there is one other important winemaker pointing the way to the future: Jean-Philippe Fichet.
2011 Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc $28.99
“100% from Meursault vines planted in soil with high clay content. An expressive and distinctly cool nose of lemon grass and crushed herbs leads to delicious, intense and equally cool flavors that exude a saline character on the solidly complex finish. This should drink well immediately.” - Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes $35.99
“Also 100% from Meursault vines but from soil with much more gravel and rock content. A discreet hint of wood sets off the slightly riper and more complex aromas of pear, citrus and green tea. There is good richness and fine size and weight in the context of the appellation, all wrapped in a delicious and lightly mineral-inflected finish. This is worth considering plus it should reward 2 to 3 years in the cellar if desired. Outstanding Top Value.” - Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Villages $59.99
“There is a distinct hazelnut character to the white and yellow orchard fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is good richness to the lightly mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess a fine sense of energy on the saline, clean and dry finish. A lovely villages that should repay 5 to 7 years of aging.” - 88-91 Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault “Les Gruyaches” $78.99
“…There is an excellent sense of underlying tension to the detailed and pure medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract on the solidly complex and persistent finish. I like the balance here and overall this is a fleshy wine of finesse.” - 88-91 Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault “Chevalières” $78.99
“This is also quite reduced but displays almost no wood influence. There is superb detail to the intensely mineral-driven and lacy middle weight flavors that offer crystalline pure before culminating in a balanced and markedly saline finish. This ultra-fine effort is textbook Chevalières and absolutely recommended. Outstanding Top Value.” - 89-91 Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault “Les Tessons” $85.99
“A beautifully well-layered nose features notes of white peach, pear, acacia blossom and soft oak nuances. There is excellent richness to the bigger and more concentrated if less mineral-driven flavors that are blessed with an abundance of dry extract that imparts a seductive mouth feel to the citrus-infused and wonderfully persistent finish. As noted the Chevalières is indeed excellent but there is just another dimension of complexity here. This is also highly recommended. Outstanding Top Value.” - 89-92 Allen Meadows (Burghound)
2011 Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet Puligny-Montrachet “Les Referts” 1er Cru $115.99
“This is actually aromatically similar to the Tessons with the particularity of being a bit more floral in character. There is a really lovely texture to the medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth and plenty of mid-palate stuffing. The natural class of a fine Puligny is in evidence on the saline and lightly mineral-inflected finish that delivers very fine length. Lovely stuff that should amply repay up to a decade of cellaring. Outstanding.”- 90-92 Allen Meadows (Burghound)