It was ‘open day’ in Fixin today 😉
After a long walk checking out Napoleon and his digs, only time to visit 3 domaines, but a couple of outstanding and some very good wines – I even bought one!
2013 Domaine Joliet, Fixin
The young vines of the Clos de la Perrière
Deep, wide, a little sweet, with smoky oak. Modest colour. Round and silky, a bright line of acidity, Long finishing, quite tasty wine. 25€ for this level (direct)
2013 Domaine Joliet, Fixin 1er Clos de la Perrière
“The grand vin!”
Deep, layered, plenty of smoky notes on this nose. Bigger, rounder, a fine line of acidity through the core. Wide, layered flavour, a little cushioning and a lot of flavour that’s faintly floral fishing. Lovely, even for €60 (direct)
2013 Domaine Berthaut, Bourgogne
A wide, strawberry nose. Supple, modest flavoured but tasty. Well balanced, a nice texture, nice length too. Yum!
2013 Domaine Berthaut, Fixin
A hint rounder, deeper red fruit on this nose. More direct, more intense, a wider palette of flavour. Higher toned fruit. But nicely packaged. Also yum!
Nice depth of aroma with an even nicer higher toned, partly floral red fruit. A little more cushioning, fine flavour here. Really super!
Deeper colour. Deep aroma too, some flowers, some spice. A little extra sweetness, lovely complexity and texture. Really excellent. A great finish too. Bravo!
2013 Domaine Berthaut, Fixin 1er Les Arvelets
Fresher, higher tones, more direct. Fresh, direct flavour too, but with a good sweetness and, once more, nice texture. More mineral finishing. Super, and a great finish too. But for sheer deliciousness, easily outpointed by the Vosne.
2007 Domaine Berthaut, Fixin 1er Les Crais
Deep, sweet roasting fruit. Good width, an acidity at the core, less finely packed than the 13s. A bright finish. Good but not great.
2006 Domaine Berthaut, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cazetiers
A short lived pyrazine, then fresh flowers. Wide, mineral, salty, good acidity, very good complexity. Still a little tannic grain. Nice but not special.
2014 Pierre Gelin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Aromatic, faintly spicy nose. Good weight, shape and very nice texture. Fine finishing flavour too. This is a very good Bourgogne.
2012 Pierre Gelin, Fixin
More weight and texture of aroma – this is very appealing. A hint mushroom, but nicely textured width and a depth of interesting flavour. A bright but not a bit rustic mid-palate and finishing flavour. Good stuff despite a hint of oak.
2012 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Les Arvelets
A deeply floral nose with pretty and individual red fruits. Quite floral flavoured too – a good line of high-toned flavour. The finish is a little more harsh and mineral – but give it a couple more years of cellaring and this could be a nice surprise…
2012 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Clos Napoleon
A deeper rounder and redder nose – freshly red fruited. Bigger in the mouth too, and I very much like the complexity here. Wide and with good energy and chewy finishing flavour. This will be very good…
2014 Pierre Gelin, Bourgogne Chardonnay ‘Dessus les Prielles’
An open fresh nose, with some yellow and green citrus. Lithe, tending towards soft, but silky and comfy without losing definition. Not special but well made, well put together and well drinkable 😉