Thibert – 2016


Sandrine & Christophe Thibert 2020Tasted in Fuissé with sister & brother team, Sandrine Thibert-Needham & Christophe Thibert, 05 August 2020.

Domaine Thibert Père et Fils
20 rue Adrien Arcelin
71960 Fuissé
Tel: +33 3 85 27 02 66
More reports for Domaine Thibert.

I was über-impressed by the 2017s that I tasted from this domaine earlier this year but today, 2016 is the commercial vintage. So post-lockdown I took the chance to pay a visit and taste some of those too.

Today, it’s a minimum 20 months of elevage – since the 2017s – so the 2018s will only be bottled this week. The duration of elevage has been steadily increasing since 2007 onwards. “Don’t talk to my accountant about stock-levels,” says Christophe, “But the wines are better for it!

The wines…

A tasting that really cements my impression of the 2017s that I tasted for the March 2020 report. Always freshness, great energy and such a fine concentration too – really one of the top echelon domaines of the Mâconnais today…

The first few wines were tasted in the domaine’s courtyard in the sunshine – so the notes are shorter…

2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay
It’s mainly Beaujolais Blanc in here.
A freshness here and a nice, lime-style fruit-skin aroma. Mouth-filling, freshness and energy. Great energy, love the lime skin style and energy here. Finishing very well, yet again with lovely energy. Top Bourgogne.

2016 Mâcon-Verzé
Aromatically deeper, almost a hint of musk, but opening and becoming ever-more pure. Lots of energy, lots of core concentration, the combination of intensity and concentration here is very impressive. A wine to wait for but this is an excellent super wine!

2016 Saint-Véran Champ Rond
Vines in Leynes.
A little oak is showing here. A fuller, more mouth-filling, impression. Great energy again. Long, with some finishing oak. Very tasty wine which I would wait for but I’d wait less time than the last…

2016 Pouilly-Loché En Chatone
A wide nose with plenty of sweetness, yellow fruit and modestly oaked. Fresh, lovely attack, aided a little by some dissolved gas. I love the mineral line here, the dry extract, the zestiness here. That’s a great wine!

2016 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Longeay
A wide nose with plenty of oak is my first impression. Yet here is a wine that is vibrant and has the lovely energy of its siblings. Mouth-watering with an engaging salinity. Excellent, but wait for the oak to fade…

2016 Saint-Véran
A rented vine, just over 0.5 hectares worth. This cuvée was so good between 2007-09 that Christophe eventually decided to make its own bottling and not blend. Part of this vineyard has almost 85-year-old vines.
This has a silky, shiny nose – perfumed yet not overtly floral. Hmm – lots of energy, mouth-filling too – this is delicious and complex too. Never hard and much more for drinking today than many of the previous wines. There’s a beautiful extra complexity of something in the finish too. Bravo – this is already completely approachable.

2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
Vines in the mid-slope with southern exposure. ‘A nicely draining area.’
There’s a ripe width but not overly ripe, more of an aromatic warmth. Nice width of flavour, with energy and a good complexity – the impression of a little gas on the texture. Lovely for 2015 which usually, and in this case also, lacks a little of the clarity of the vintages around it, but delicious!

2014 Saint-Véran Champ Rond
Still modest colour. A mineral depth and freshness. Hmm, this has concentration, it has depth, it has ingraining, growing energetic intensity – practically electric. It’s a young wine still, slowly mouth-watering in waves of flavour.

2014 Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
A nose that’s a little less energetic, not quite sombre but with a width of attractive, slightly sweet aroma. Nicely sizzling energy here – long and tasty – less full attack than the previous Saint-Véran. Super, all the same.

2012 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Cras
Freshness and width – a little depth of more mature aroma starting to show too. A lovely mineral stance, slowly mouth-watering, almost juicy. This is showing very well and is at the younger end of ready! Excellent wine.

2012 Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
From magnum and as such, no surprise, to see the much lighter, younger colour.
Fresh and perfumed – even the nose has fresh energy here. A little cold but here is the best blend of complexity, freshness and almost drinkability. Great PF!

2010 Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
Also magnum, also a nicely lighter colour.
Nicely perfumed, young, not full power, but it’s fine, young and very inviting. Supple. A lovely mix of concentration and acidity. Beautifully finishing, nicely bitter finishing. Super wine.

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