Auxey Duresses vs Hautes Cotes de Beaune


Jean-Philippe Fichet

Jean Philippe Fichet a grower from Meursault strives to produce wine with character. The grapes are harvested when fully ripe and whole bunches are used. From what I have read Fichet seems to be a perfectionist. He produces wine from small plots of land rather than blending all the grapes together. Even if un-economical it’s terrior specific wines that he crafts to keep his passion alive.

Auxey Duresses is a village within Cote de Beaune. The wines are often sold as “Cote de Beaune Villages” though the AOC Auxey Duresses is becoming more common.

Pinot Noir rules here, represents 2/3 of production. Within this village there are 9 premier crus “Climats”. All of the climats are located of south facing slopes of the hill in Montagne du Burdon.

Tasting note: I am 99.5% sure it's 2011 vintage!

A vibrant medium lemon colour.

Aromas of lemon curd, bread and slithered almonds. This baby is 6 years old but as bright as can be. Primary citrus flavours are balanced by secondary aromas. Slight hint of ripe peaches mixed in with a dirty minerality - in a good way. Oh that buttery element is so fine and integrated. This wine is a star, it shines it my mouth with it's brightness. Perfect pair with any fresh or cook seafood dishes or as i am having it - on its own. I am loving it's acidity.