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Jean-Philippe Fichet, Bourgogne Blanc 2018

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Well-balanced, ripe yet vibrant Bourgogne, fermented in 500 and 600-litre barrels to maintain freshness.
Price: £20.00 Bottle
Price: £120.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BU74431

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Jean-Philippe Fichet

Jean-Philippe Fichet is a driven man: hard work is second nature to him and he runs marathons for fun. He is also a perfectionist and ruthlessly honest about his wines, which drives him to even greater achievements. After starting off with a tiny property, he now has a domaine of 7 hectares, mainly of village Meursault, including a number of choice lieux-dits, among them Meix-sous-le-Chateau, Tessons and Clous, with a little Puligny-Montrachet in the premier cru of Les Referts. His goal is to express, and bottle, the nuances of each of his plots as honestly as possible, whether premier cru or unclassified vineyard.

Fichet wines are powerfully concentrated, yet fresh. In the vineyard, he is an advocate of ploughing, to cut off the superficial roots which can rapidly take up surface water. This encourages the main roots to penetrate deeper into the soil to supply the right quantity of water to the vine in times of drought, flood, or anything in between. That, in turn, regulates yield, and also seems to promote increased acidity in the grapes. In the winery, the magic ingredient is a long, leisurely period of élévage – eighteen months is par for the course. Fichet favours a combination of 500l and 225l barrels and a lowish percentage of new oak, which does not exceed 30% in any year. All of which focuses clearly on the wine itself, and accounts for the striking clarity and depth achieved by Fichet with remarkable consistency, year on year.

Burgundy Vintage 2018

The maturity of the grapes reflects the year’s unbroken sunny summer weather. From 25th June until the harvest it was warm and, apart from the odd storm, there was little or no rain, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. By contrast plentiful spring rain had created a good reserve of water in the soil for the vines to draw upon, so that there was neither heat stress nor raisining of the grapes later in the season.

That water supply, along with a successful flowering, ensured a generous harvest the size of which mitigated some of the heat and explains why the grapes are ripe but not overripe. Anticipating their precocity, the producers began harvesting at the end of August and brought in ripe and balanced fruit in very good health, with no fungal diseases in evidence. The resulting white wines have a striking purity of fruit about them.
2018 vintage reviews

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