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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.

Tasting note:

Now the little brother of the first one.

The fruit in this wine seems to be more opulent and prominent.

There is a lovely buttery aspect to this wine, but it's a sophisticated butter.

The wine is a little more fat and less austere with a slighter shorter finish. It has a nice honeyed end to it, some lees characters shine on through. The palate is dominates by peach, citrus, nectarine. It has less acidity and I'm thinking that's why the finish is shorter? There is nothing to carry the fruit along.

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