Fixin Clos de la Perrière blancPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: Fixin is located in the Côte de Nuits area, between Dijon and Gevrey-Chambertin. It produces both Village and Premier cru wines, mostly red wines, but some plots are planted with Chardonnay grape variety.
Fixin Premier Cru Clos de la Perrière extends on homogeneous brown limestone soils and enjoys a south-east exposure, at an altitude of 350 to 380 metres (1148 to 1246 feet).
History and tradition: Fixin does not produce any Grand Cru; however, during the 19th century, one of its appellations competed with the greatest Burgundy wines: the Clos de la Perrière used to be compared to the Chambertin! The Monks of Cîteaux, during the 12th century, were the first to discover the mysteries of the quality of these wines. In 1142, they settled in the heart of this 5-hectare vineyard (just over 12 acres) and built there the "Manoir de la Perrière” which they dedicated to wine ageing. They chose the Clos de la Perrière on purpose, considering its good "terroir” and ideal exposure.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: 40 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and wines provided by regular supply partners.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained.
No artificial yeasts or enzymes are used.
Type: in barrels (10% in new oak).
Length: 12 to 15 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"This rare wine of the Côte de Nuits is unique and cannot be compared to any other Burgundy white wine. It reveals a beautifully defined personality, a somewhat firm structure and flavours based on floral notes".
At present, the wines are full of aromas with a beautiful freshness. They are well-balanced with a good acidity level, and show a great potential.
Temperature: 13°C (55°F).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.