We were already bracing for severe shortages coming down the road with the minuscule 2019 vintage, a year when frost decimated the vineyards, reducing production dramatically. But just last month we received this sad news from our importer: “Much of the Fichet winery burnt to the ground on the night of May 20th. Jean-Philippe has poured his heart and soul into bootstrapping this jewel box domaine from nothing, including renovating much of his winery compound with his own two hands. It’s a devastating blow, and we wish him and Michele the best as they sort out the losses. The Fichets are special people, and those of you who know them surely share that
When I got the news, my heart sank and the evening spent with Jean Philippe immediately rushed back to me. He had spent hours with us at the end of a long day, explaining and tasting through the unique terroirs of his beloved village, noting the subtle nuances between the many different Lieu-Dits he creates, looking at geological maps of the region, and teasing out just why each was so special. His passion was abundant as he explained his decision to bottle so many single sites on their own, even if they were only tiny quantities, with each a window into the diversity and soul of Meursault and its environs. As soon as the news broke my ever alert sales rep emailed the news, along with the fact that we would be seeing little, if any, Fichet wine until at least the 2020 vintage release, and possibly not until the 2021s arrive several years down the road. He also noted that there were less than a dozen cases of one of his top single vineyard wines available, the amazing Meursault Tesson Lieu Dit.
Always one of my favorites, this wine pushes the limits of Village level wine to Premier Cru heights – racy, complex, layered. The Tesson is from clay-limestone soils, with fermentation taking place in barrel, 12+ months (1/6 new), plus 3-6 months in tank. Quantities are extremely limited.