Maconnais, France

Olivier Fichet stands alone in the town of Ige. He is one of only three producers in the village; the others are the town’s cooperative and another winemaker that simply bottles for local consumption. Domaine Fichet was born in 1976 when Francis Fichet (Olivier’s father) withdrew from the town Co-op and began to make wines from his Estate vineyards. In their youth, Oliver and his brother Pierre-Yves worked side-by-side with their father; tending to the vines and land they own today. In 1990 the brothers took full control of the winery and began to broaden the Domaine’s holdings: Oliver is in charge of all the wine making and vinification, while Pierre-Yves handles all the vineyard work. Olivier Fichet has devoted his life to farming and growing the reputation of his beloved vineyards in the Maconais. Since taking over from their father, the brothers have increased the size from 11 to 20 hectares and raised the quality level of their wines significantly. The lieu dit “Chateau London” is one of the oldest and most reputable terroir in the Maconnais. This is due largely to its unique white limestone content in the chalk and clay and to the microclimate which brings extra humidity and morning fog. Francis Fichet was one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in the highly Chardonnay*dominant region. His original plantings are now over 30 years old and are blended with Pinot that Pierre-Yves planted in 1994. This is a very high quality offering at this price. Winery Website 
fichet-3terroirsMacon-Burgy 'Les 3 Terroirs'
Farming Practices: Lutte Raisonnée
Soils: clay limestone
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 4
Altitude: 325
Exposure: NW
Harvest Technique: mechanical
Year Vines Were Planted: 1983
Yeast: commerial
Fermentation: stainless steel
Malolactic: partial
Maturation: 10 to 12 months
Filter: yes
Fining: bentonite
fichet-londonMacon-Ige 'Chateau London'
Trellis: Macon single pruning (variant of Guyot)
Hectares/Acres: 4.75ha
Altitude: 325m
Exposure: SW
Year Vines Were Planted: 1920-1995, blending 9 different plots of various ages
Yeast: commercial
Fermentation: 100% destemming, cold pre-fermentative maceration for 15-22hrs; fermentation begins in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats
Malolactic: partial MLF
Maturation: 10 to 12 months in stainless steel and 10% old oak barrels
Filter: yes
FICHET GAMME CLASSIQUEBourgogne Pinot Noir 'Tradition'
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonnée
Soils: clay limestone
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 6ha
Altitude: 275
Exposure: SE
Harvest Technique: hand harvested
Year Vines Were Planted: 1990
Yeast: commercial selected
Fermentation: 3-5 months in steel tanks and used oak
Malolactic: full
Maturation: 10 to 12 months
Filter: yes
Fining: yes