My wife and I arrived in Beaune for our Burgundy trip today. As the fine restaurant we originally planned to have dinner at didn’t allow dogs inside, we wandered about in the old town and spontaneously went to a bistro for down to earth Burgundian food. There, I also ordered this modest 2019 Albert Bichot Fixin.
Having originally been founded in Monthélie in 1813, Maison Albert Bichot is based in Beaune today and owns six estates across Burgundy. The 2019 Albert Bichot Fixin is a cuvée from several vineyards in Fixin in the Côte de Nuits, just north of the better-known Gevrey-Chambertin.
Dark, transparent purple colour in the glass. Sweet, red fruits on the nose reminiscent of cherry yogurt. In the mouth, the fruitiness is balanced off with a good acidity and well-integrated tannins. Good length, too.
Drink through 2026.
Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 4 October 2023.
89Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM89 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 2.5 WSET score./ 100
2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points./ 4.0
3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group./ 5
Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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|Côte de Nuits
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