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Expert Picks: Jean-Philippe Fichet and…Jean-Philippe Fichet!

Posted on | March 15, 2016 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014“Love at first sip” is how I describe the magnificent whites of Jean-Philippe Fichet. In the early nineteenth century, Meursault was esteemed above all other Burgundy villages for its white wines, a respect rooted in the incomparable 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, but more specifically, Fichet is on top!

Jean-Philippe Fichet is one of the leaders of French winemakers to keep an eye one. His influence, passion and dedication points the way to the region’s future, and more producers are following in his footsteps. Fichet’s methods reflect his philosophy: he is notoriously detailed and absolutely loathes taking shortcuts. To put it succinctly, the wines Fichet creates today have few rivals for their class in Burgundy, and I have yet to be so impressed by a set of wines for their precision, depth of character and flavor and overall expressiveness. I find no better wine to welcome this early spring weather that is now upon us.

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2013 Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes $41.99

This Bourgogne Blanc is anything but ordinary! This old-vine bottling is made from declassified premier cru fruit on the Fichet property. The nose offers bright aromas of citrus, acacia and hints of honey blossom, and the wine slides across the palate leaving a trail of citrus, stone fruit and minerals behind. You will be hard pressed to find another Bourgogne Blanc this good.

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2013 Meursault Tesson $117.99

Fichet’s main event, his Tesson easily beats other great grand cru white Burgundy for its sheer finesse, elegance and complexity. Deriving from vines planted as early as 1949, this concentrated Meursault offers layers of zesty citrus, white tea, stone fruit, white flowers and minerals. I decant this white before drinking as it releases additional layers of magic with added air-time. Get ready to have your socks knocked off with this beauty!


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