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THE LIMITED EDITION

EXCEPTIONAL CUVÉE
GRANDE CRA

Historic

First of all, it was Francis FICHET, founder of the Domaine who planted the first parcel of Chardonnay on this place called “La Cra” (1ha) to produce a Mâcon-Villages Blanc of good quality in 1969, year of birth of Olivier, is this a premonitory sign?

Pierre-Yves and Olivier moved to the family estate in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Pierre-Yves specializes in the cultivation of vineyards and Olivier in winemaking. They decide to highlight some terroirs even more.

In 1999, after 2 years of trials, Olivier found the corresponding vinification to these magnificent grapes harvested very ripe. In the vineyard it is 100% ploughing, no grassing as on the rest of the estate, because the very chalky soil is quite poor but of great quality!

With a vinification adapted to the richness of the juices obtained, in 100% oak barrels including 25 to 30% new barrels for 12 months, then assembled in stainless steel tank for 6 months before bottling, La Cra represents the locomotive, the pride and the reference of the FICHET domain.

With their experience, they decided in 2012 to try to acquire new plots on this particular climate! With no less than 13 owners to convince, Olivier was able to bring the project to fruition.

The Domaine has 36 hectares of vineyards including 4.5 ha of this magnificent terroir. 1ha from the steepest hillside is reserved for» Grande Cra»!

It is in 2019, 20 years later that this exceptional vintage «Grande Cra» is born, on the first vintage 2017. This year, discover 2018, a vintage full of promise …

chardonnay GRANDE CRAIE

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Chardonnay

Exposition

Plein sud et sud-ouest, coteau à 40% de pente

ÂGE

Plantées en 2000, 2016 et 2018

Superficie

1 hectare

Température de service

10°C à 12°C

Élevage

Fût de chêne neuf à 50%, 24 mois
Created in 2017, discover “Grande Cra” on the 2018 vintage. This cuvée comes from vines planted in Chardonnay on the climate “La Cra” where we made a selection in the most imposing slopes that we have successively planted in 2000, 2016, 2018. Historically, La Cra existed only on a chalky limestone plateau. The slopes are inclined by 35 to 45%, which implies manual work throughout the year, as the machines cannot access them. Facing south-west and due south, poor and stony soil, we harvest very ripe grapes by hand in small cases, pneumatic pressing and a vinification in oak casks at 100% including 50% new casks and 50% cask of a wine. Long alcoholic fermentation and ageing for a minimum of 20 to 24 months. Small yield and very limited quantity. Very beautiful expression of the very ripe Chardonnay, a wine of aging with a potential of 10/12 years, minerality and power.”

 

Pierre-Yves and Olivier FICHET

POWERFUL, INTENSE FLORAL,
FRUITS MURS, MINÉRAL, ...

The warm blondeur of honey adorns this 2018 vintage by its solar character. Honey he also took this fresh perfume that gives you the impression of foraging a flower from the fields. Once in the mouth, the suppleness of its juice delivers a rich pollen flavour. Its long and wide finish makes you want to re-serve.

 

Guillaume BAROIN
Journalist
AWARDED BEFORE EVEN BEING MARKETED
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ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN BURGUNDY TODAY n°143 NOVEMBER 2018

BEST TASTING SCORE: 18/20

The Fichet brothers selected 1 hectare, in full south exposure, to produce this cuvée which will spend 18 months in barrel, then 5 to 6 «ripening» in tank. Aromas concentrated, pure, noble, yellow fruits, spices, candied citrus…

The wine is rich, elegant, long, harmonious, with beautiful toasted notes.

The price is also ambitious, but after all, if sometimes mediocre Côté-d’Or first wines are sold 50 or 60€, why wouldn’t a big Mâcon be worth 38? To meditate on!

Jean-Philippe CHAPELON
Journalist from Bourgogne Aujourd’hui