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Jean-Philippe Fichet, Meursault lieu-dit Tesson, 2018

$119.99

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You know the story: As the most famous white burgundy producers become scarcer than hen’s teeth, even the producers we used to call “overlooked” are becoming allocated. The growers we used to depend upon to stock our shelves with great Chardonnay have become once-a-year treats that don’t make it to the shelf for long, if at all.

For better and for worse, we can add Fichet to the list.

Hard as it is for his fans, it’s obviously fair: Fichet is as big a talent as they come in Burgundy and nobody does a better, more meticulous job of expressing their terroir. He has lots of old vines with deep roots and the naturally low yields that give you not just his sites' tastes, but even their unique textures.

He accentuates the natural concentration by managing yields through rigorous winter pruning rather than a heavy summer green harvest. (That was one of Jayer’s secrets, too: he said that by the time the vine had created all those shoots you spend the summer pruning, the vine had wasted too much of it's essential goodness).

The farming is “lutte raisonée,” minimizing inputs. Most wines ferment in barrel (generally, older) on wild yeasts, and age for 11-18 months depending on the vintage and the site. Likewise, though Jean-Philippe uses relatively little batonnage, he will use some in certain vintages or cuvées.

The resulting wines are delicious and pure, with the sense of terroir that makes them worth thinking about, and the delectable fruit that makes us want just to drink them up.

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 92
"This is both firmly reduced and still displaying residual malolactic hints. Otherwise there is once again fine richness to the round and plump flavors that possess a bit more volume if much less evident minerality on the already beautifully complex finale. This is also relatively tightly wound and will need at least a few years to develop better depth but in time, this promising effort should be excellent."

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"The 2018 Meursault Le Tesson has another very pretty and endearing bouquet with white flower mixed with orange pith and nectarine aromas, a hint of pop corn in the background. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear. The saline finish conveys brightness and energy. This is another impressive 2018 from Fichet."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VINTAGE 2018
BOTTLE SIZES 750 ML
COUNTRY France
REGION Burgundy
APPELLATION Meursault
WINE TYPE
White
VARIETALS
Chardonnay
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
Northeast-facing hillside vineyard at the same elevation as Perrières.
SOIL
clay-limestone
VITICULTURE
Viticulture is “lutte raisonée” (reasoned organic). Jean-Philippe aims to know his vines, and to work with them to find a healthy equilibrium. Grapes are hand harvested.
VINIFICATION
Fermentations take place in barrel and wine goes through malo in barrel.
AGING
12+ months in barrel (1/6 new), plus 3-6 months in tank

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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