Jean-Philippe Fichet 2017 Meursault, Meix sous le Chateau, AOC

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2017 Meursault, Meix sous le Chateau, AOC

Item Number: 13238

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Meursault AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Le Meix sous le Chateau
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vine Age: Planted in 1965
Aging: 10% new oak

Vinification Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. Fermentation occurs naturally in French oak with wild yeast and no lees stirring. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Vineyard Notes: This plot is located in the village with a west exposure. It is located under the town hall, facing west and sheltered from north winds. This land receives little morning sun but has a concentration of heat in the afternoon because of its orientation. In the bottom of the vineyard the soil is generous; while the top is stonier. Jean-Philippe practices lutte raisonnée. He eschews chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

Tasting Notes: Meix sous le Chateau is well balanced between richness and minerality. This Meursault lets hints of butter and brioche appear with aromas of ripe yellow fruit. It's a charming wine.

Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 1/4/2019: "Jean-Philippe Fichet is rightly pleased with his 2017 range, a portfolio that exemplifies his crisp, invigorating style, without any of the old-school asperity that makes some of his frosted 2016s. These are pure, tangy, acid-driven wines, and I suspect that it's only because Fichet has no premiers crus in Meursault that he has attained less celebrity than several other famous growers who operate in a similar stylistic register, currently very much in vogue. Following the refrain along the Côte, Fichet reported a comparatively uneventful growing season, an early harvest and lower-than-anticipated yields of juice in Chardonnay. Reflecting on a career that stretches back to the 1981 vintage—the oldest wine I've tasted from Fichet was a still excellent 1983 Meursault, drunk last summer—he articulated sentiments to the effect that nature both gives and takes away, and her vicissitudes must be accepted."

Vintage Notes by Burghound 6/10/2019: "Jean-Philippe Fichet runs this 7.5 ha domaine and observed that '2017 has turned out to be a pleasant surprise as I really didn't expect the quality to be as good as it is. I say this because the growing season was very warm and relatively dry and usually that is a pretty good recipe to produce heavy whites that lack good terroir transparency. In the very last part of August we noticed that alcohols were climbing and acidities falling so we scrambled to get the word out to our pickers that we were going to start on the 1st of September. We were able to pick quickly as the fruit was really about as clean as you could hope for. Alcohols were good without being high coming in as they did in the 12.5% to 13% range. Acidities were acceptable and the post-malo pHs were also reasonable so as I say, I was really agreeably surprised by how refreshing and transparent the whites are. In the end I would describe the quality as very good if not genuinely great.'"

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: (88-90) (9/1/2018)

    Yellow peach, mirabelle and spices on the nose, with complicating notes of hazelnut and mint. Quite rich in the mouth, showing some spicy oak; the closest to exotic of these 2017s to this point and without quite the tension or energy of the preceding samples. Not a mineral style. Finishes slightly bitter-edged in a youthful way. Assistant Hervey noted that this wine, from a deep clay site, "may be our most aromatic Meursault."
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89 - 91) (1/4/2019)

    The 2017 Meursault Le Meix Sous Le Château delivers aromas of green apple, lemon oil, drawn butter and subtle praline, followed by a medium-bodied, satiny wine that's the broadest and most voluptuous in Fichet's portfolio, though it retains the tangy acidity and incisive that are the domaine's signatures.
  • Burghound
    Rating: 88-91 (6/10/2019)

    This too is tough to read aromatically due to the smoky reductive notes. Otherwise there is a bit more volume to the caressing and rich if less stony medium-bodied flavors that possess reasonably good depth and persistence but not quite the same refinement. Still, this is really quite good as well.