Jean-Philippe Fichet 2018 Bourgogne Blanc AOC
Item Number: 14622
Sub Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation/AVA: Meursault AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay with limestone
Viticulture: Jean-Philippe practices lutte raisonnée . He eschews chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.
Vinification: 100% of the grapes are from Meursault vines planted in soil with high clay content. 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. The Bourgogne Blanc spends 12+ months in barrel (very little new), plus 3-6 months in tank.
Vintage Notes by Burghound 6/10/2020: "Jean-Philippe Fichet runs this 7.5 ha domaine and observed that 'much like 2017, 2018 has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise as the wines have changed radically since they first fermented out. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I honestly did not like them initially and it was only after they had been in barrel for 6 to 8 months that there true quality and character began to reveal themselves. The biggest problem, at least for me, is that I didn't like the balance as the wines, and especially the whites, seemed awkward and disjointed and this is the aspect that has improved the most. We picked from the 1st of September and brought in very good yields in Chardonnay and correct yields in Pinot. The fruit was super-clean and quite ripe without being 2003-like ripe. Stylistically, the whites make me think of big yield vintages such as 1973, 1979 and 1982. As to quality, I would describe the whites as being very good if not excellent but more than respectable. Moreover, it's the kind of vintage that basically everyone will be happy with as the wines should largely be approachable as soon as they're bottled.'"