Jean-Philippe Fichet in his immaculate cave in Meursault. (Photo courtesy of S. Handwerker)

Jean-Philippe Fichet - Crystalline Expression of Meursault

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Today we are pleased to offer a selection of white Burgundy from one of our favorite vignerons, Jean-Philippe Fichet. In a village seemingly overrun by top flight growers (Roulot, Coche-Dury, Lafon, Jobard come to mind), Jean-Philippe Fichet, has become something of an unheralded star. But the star shines bright in his immaculate cellars in Meursault. Old vines, fastidious work in the vineyards, and long elevage combine to produce some of the most detailed and elegant white Burgundies we've tasted. After the trying 2016 vintage (catastrophic frost, followed by rampant mildew), 2017 is a minor miracle giving us gorgeous wines (and after years of miniscule yields, we're blessed with some wine to sell). These are serious, age-worthy Meursaults (not to mention Auxey-Duresses and Bourgogne) with all the verve, terroir delineation, and minerality that Burgundy lovers adore. Happy hunting! (Please note wines arrive 6/28.) John McIlwain

Fichet 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc

The 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc displays a cool-toned nose with aromas of Meyer lemon, white flowers, crushed herbs, and white peach skin. The palate is juicy, supple, and sapid with ripe stone fruit flavors buoyed by a fine bead of chalky minerality on a long, energetic, and detailed finish. Generous, bright, and delicious now, this should really shine with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault 375ml

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault Gruyaches

From vines dating to 1918 located beneath Meursault Charmes. Always one of Jean-Philippe's most mineral-inflected wines.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

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Fichet 2017 Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes

From multiple parcels of stony soil. Just a touch of reduction at first, giving way to high-toned, lifted, perfumed aromatics with scents of white flowers, lemon oil, tangerine peel, and hazelnuts. Riper, richer palate with citrus flavors, notes of honey, and white peach carrying over to a stony and layered finish. This has plenty of class and certainly compares favorably to others' village level wines. Decant if drinking now or cellar for 4-6 years to allow elements to integrate. It is worth noting that this bottling ages beautifully and is highly recommended. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault Les Chevalières

Shallow limestone clay soils with limestone substrate. The 2017 Chevalières is vibrant and high-toned, with aromas of lemon blossom, Meyer lemon peel, and wet stone. The palate is nervy and mouthwatering with a fine equipoise between ripe white fruits and a distinctive stoniness on the palate. This has fine structure and plenty of complexity in reserve. And while this has lovely tension and ripeness at this stage, another 5-7 years in the cellar will be amply rewarded. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $114.99