Méo-Camuzet - Fixin 1er Cru 'Clos du Chapitre'

2015, Bourgogne, Fixin Premier Cru
Appelatie / Herkomst:
Fixin Premier Cru
Pinot Noir


Fixin (uitspraak 'fissin') ligt in het noorden van de Côte d'Or direct onder Marsannay. Clos du Chapitre behoort tot de beste wijngaarden van Fixin. De wijngaard ligt in het dorp op de helling en wordt behoorlijk steil naarmate je hoger gaat. De stokken van gemiddeld 50 jaar oud geven lage rendementen en worden laat in het seizoen geoogst. Het wachten of de optimale rijpheid vergt geduld en goede zenuwen bij deze wijngaard. Tijdens de vinificatie is een zorgvuldige niet te krachtige extractie belangrijk om niet teveel tannines te onttrekken. De wijngaard levert minerale wijnen op die goed kunnen rijpen op fles.

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Producer note: Jean-Nicolas Méo describes 2015 as "a very fine vintage that is perhaps the best since 2005 and possibly even 1999. As is the case with almost every vintage, I always agonize over when to begin the harvest but in 2015 I chose to start on the 3rd of September for the pinot and because the fruit was so clean and the conditions clement, we could pick each parcel when it was ready. As it turned out, which was completely by luck, we terminated the harvest on the 11th and on the 12th there was a huge storm so it's hard to time it any better than that! Yields were disparate but by level they were 30 to 40 hl/ha for the villages wines, 30 to 35 for the 1ers and 25 to 30 for the grands crus. As to the wines, I would describe them as a hypothetical blend of 2005 and 2009 with a rough proportion being two-thirds of the former combined with one-third of the latter. I really like the sense of verve as well as the relative terroir transparency, in fact the 2015s don't really drink like most warm vintages do." 2015 is an excellent vintage for Méo and virtually everything is worthy of your attention. Jean-Nicolas Méo stresses that for his négoce wines he does everything as though these were domaine wines, which is to say all of the vineyard work and harvesting plus of course the vinification and élevage duties.

Tasting note: Ripe and fresh aromas are comprised by notes of plum, newly turned earth and a touch of the sauvage. Once again there is a sleek and relatively refined mouth feel to the delicious and lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that firm up quickly on the balanced if slightly rustic finale. Good quality here.

Drink: 2021+