Production area

Situated just north of Gevrey-Chambertin, the Fixin appellation covers 90 ha of vineyards spread evenly between Fixin itself and its southern neighbour Brochon. It produces both appellations village and Premier cru. The production is largely of Pinot noir: 96%. They are often likened to mini Gevreys. The village plots are mainly on lower ground at the foot of the slopes and the soil is a mixture of limestone and marl.

Origins

The Premiers Crus plots are on reasonably homogenous brown limestone soils with east to south-east exposures and at 350 to 380 metres of altitude. In some spots (Hervelets, for example) the soil is more marly. The remaining plots are on lower ground at the foot of the slopes and the soil is a mixture of limestone and marl.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir

Vinification and maturing

Vinification in stainless steel tanks followed by 6 to 8 months of barrel ageing.

Tasting notes

High-colored, they are a brilliant deep purple or what the Burgundians call “deep mid-red”. The bouquet comprises flower scents (violet, peony), fruits (blackcurrant, Morello cherry, quince), animal scents, musk and pepper. Cherry-pit is also quite common. Often tannic and a little hard in their youth, with age the Fixin acquire a heightened and rounded attack and solid structure. Their fullness is remarkable and their texture delicate.

Food and wine pairing

Masculine yet delicate, its tannic structure makes it a worthy partner for good cuts of meat such as braised pork, beef rib steak with parsley, or poultry stews including their Indian variants (curry, tandoori). However, the delicacy of its aromas and of its finish also makes it a candidate for more inventive combinations such as paella, tapas, or spring-rolls. As far as cheese is concerned, it suits the delicacy of a Chaource, the lusciousness of a Comté, or the strong flavours of an Époisses.

Serving suggestions

13 to 15°C

Ageing potential

6 to 9 years

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