Jean-Philippe Fichet

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Meursault, Côte de Beaune
People: Jean-Philippe Fichet, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Jean-Philippe Fichet (375 ml) 2015 Meursault Blanc AOC Login In Stock
Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Bourgogne Blanc AOC Login BH 85-88 In Stock
Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc AOC Login AG (90-91) BH 88-91 AG 91 In Stock
Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc, Gruyaches, AOC Login AG (91-93) BH 89-91 AG 91 In Stock
Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Referts, AOC Login AG (89-92) BH 90-92 AG 90 In Stock



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The Magic Within
More than any of his peers, Fichet is testing the limits of transparency, to find the very soul of Meursault's terroirs. It was Meursault's destiny to have its soils revealed in this way: their intense stoniness is magnified by an exceptionally low water table, forcing the vines' roots deep underground.

Fichet's work is a direct outgrowth of a breakthrough that happened three decades ago: René Lafon's decision to bottle his Meursault Clos de la Barre on its own. For a century before, such a thing had been unheard of, as only the most famous vineyards—the premier crus—were ever bottled individually; everything else was blended into Meursault villages. Lafon's innovation not only proved that a lieu-dit (a non-classified vineyard) could say something profound, it drew attention to Meursault's incredible soils—paving the way for the later accomplishments of Jean-Françoise Coche, Jean-Marc Roulot and, of course, René Lafon's son Dominique. But Fichet has carried Lafon's revolution to another level— studying every square inch of earth and stone in his domaine, to make Meursault's purest set of single-climate wines.

Purity & Passion
Even if uneconomical, Fichet would rather produce a very small amount of wine from his best sites than to lose their unique character in a blend. In 1998, his Meursault-Tesson vines yielded little more than four barrels; anyone else would have blended so little wine into their village cuvée. But the Tesson was so magical that Fichet bottled it separately, exclusively in magnum.

Just as Jean-Marc Roulot did until recently, Fichet has flown largely under the world's radar. He began as a grower in 1981 but was forced to rebuild his domaine from scratch in the 1990s, having lost all his best fruit sources—including a piece of Meursault- Perrières—for lack of long-term contracts. But he learned from this experience. By 2000, he had used carefully negotiated long-term fermage and mètayage agreements to create an extraordinary new domaine, brimming with exceptional sites.

No Short Cuts
Fichet's methods reflect his philosophy: he is famously meticulous and abhors taking short cuts. His low yields, the foremost key to quality, are achieved through severe winter pruning rather than by green harvesting. And he believes his wines' expressiveness is enhanced through a patient eighteen-month élevage, with little new oak and by avoiding aggressive lees stirring.

The wines that Jean-Philippe Fichet is making today have few rivals for their class in Burgundy, and they could be unmatched in their transparency and expressiveness. The Best is Yet to Come. As good as Fichet's wines have been up to now, the best lies ahead. His winemaking gets better each year, and so do his holdings, with a coveted piece of the iconic Meursault-Genevrières premier cru acquired in time for the 2006 vintage.

Jean-Philippe Fichet is one of Burgundy's greatest talents— and his wines are every bit as extraordinary as he is. It is an honor to represent this brilliant winemaker for the United States.

Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com
"Fichet is a genius, but is probably less well known than he deserves to be because he has no premier cru or grand cru vineyards in Meursault (although he used to have a bit of Perrières, which he lost in 1996 when the owner died). Instead, Fichet is the expert of bringing out the very best from village level ‘Lieux Dits’: name-designated vineyards that aren’t considered to be of premier cru status. With his meticulous viticulture and mastery of long élévage, he is able to fashion complex, ageworthy wines from these sites that put most peoples’ premier cru wines to shame." -


The Wine Advocate 8/2013
"'The 2012s will be good but they risk being opulent,' said Fichet. 'The wines have balance and depth, and no rot due to the small clusters and the spaces between the grapes. But the tiny crops are never the best: without enough juice in the grapes, the wines can be too powerful, or even heavy.' Fichet has done almost no settling of the must during the past three vintages and adapts his batonnage to the vintage. In 2012 he did what he described as very little batonnage (some wines were stirred just two or three times, and others up to ten)."

Reviews

  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc, Gruyaches, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (9/1/2016)

    Very ripe aromas and flavors of lemon oil, ripe fresh peach, crushed stone and vanilla. Wonderfully fruity, deep wine with real energy and concentration, with its silky texture enlivened by solid acidity (4.17 grams per liter, according to Fichet). Really dusts the teeth and tongue on the long finish. An essence of Chardonnay on calcaire, with terrific old-vines intensity, creaminess and lift--not to mention balance.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (90-91) (9/1/2016)

    Very pure aromas of white peach, citrus zest and white flowers. Then silky and pliant on the palate, with sweet citrus fruit flavors showing good grip but no bitterness. Finishes with lovely lemony persistence. Very nicely balanced village Meursault. There's nothing extreme about this set of 2015s
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Referts, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (89-92) (9/1/2016)

    More exotic on the nose than the Meursault cuvées, offering peach and spice aromas. Fat and sweet in the mouth, showing a bit more alcohol and less inner-palate tension than Fichet's top Meursaults. This wine is likely to need at least a couple years of cellaring to lose its slightly edgy quality.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Referts, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-92 (6/11/2017)

    A discreet touch of wood easily allows the aromas of petrol, lemon grass and apple to shine. The rich, full-bodied and utterly delicious flavors possess an overtly opulent and seductive mouth feel while coating the palate on the moderately firm and solidly persistent finish. Once again this isn't a class rendition of fine Referts but there is plenty of like anyway.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc, Gruyaches, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (6/11/2017)

    Once again firm reduction relegates the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is a really lovely inner mouth perfume to the subtly mineral-inflected flavors that also possess a caressing palate impression on the balanced and lingering finish. This isn't super-complex at present though the material appears to be present such that more depth will almost certainly develop and my range presupposes that will occur.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-91 (6/11/2017)

    This too is quite aromatically attractive with its assortment of pear, apple, hazelnut and acacia blossom scents. There is fine richness to the vibrant medium weight flavors that possess a succulent mouth feel thanks to the abundance of dry extract that also buffers the moderately firm, clean and dry finish.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Bourgogne Blanc AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 85-88 (6/11/2017)

    The expressive nose offers up notes of petrol, pear and spiced apple. There is both good volume and vibrancy to the delicious middle weight flavors that are on the fruity side and exhibit a touch of finishing warmth. To enjoy young.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/21/2017)

    Lemon drop, grapefruit and white flowers on the nicely perfumed nose, plus a subtle note of spicy oak. Tactile, lemony and precise, with subtle saline minerality giving oomph to the middle palate of this surprisingly intense, brisk wine. Delivers striking salinity for village wine, and finishes subtly persistent and firm. Balanced from day one but has the energy and spine to evolve positively in bottle. A very successful village wine with excellent length.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Meursault Blanc, Gruyaches, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/21/2017)

    Lemon zest, crushed stone and a high-pitched note of brown spices on the somewhat reticent nose. Juicy, minerally and firm, with sexy ginger spiciness, notes of shiso leaf and underripe pineapple and a crushed-stone quality enlivening the middle palate. Rather backward right now but boasts lovely energy and tactile extract. Finishes firm, savory and long, gaining in creaminess of texture with aeration. This is excellent but today I marginally prefer the Chevalières for its tactile saline minerality and greater length and sweetness.
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Referts, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (9/21/2017)

    Ripe peach, orange, pineapple, menthol and spices on the ripe nose; showing less evidence of mineral energy than the top Meursault bottlings. Mouthfilling and rich but quite dry, with ripe peach, soft citrus and spice flavors displaying a bit less cut and verve than Fichet's top Meursaults. This is a richer, very smooth wine but seems more influenced by the ripe, sunny year. A touch warm on the finish but displays very good tactile length.