Domaine Huguenot Fixin 'Petits Crais'
Côte De Nuits A/C, Burgundy, France
- Pinot Noir
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Fixin ('fee-son') is an appellation in the Côte de Nuits, the romantic heartland of red wine in Burgundy. It adjoins Gevrey-Chambertin and the wines are a similar style and quality to its famous neighbour, without the associated price.
It’s a father and son affair at Domaine Huguenot with son Phillippe taking over the reins from Jean-Louis. They work organically on small, fragmented parcels of land in Marsannay, Fixin and Gevrey Chambertin where they’ve been making wine for 10 generations. Since becoming organic in ‘07 they have been at the mercy of the Mother Nature but Phillippe’s wife, Valerie, told us “there has been an undeniable increase in quality.”
A bright and fragile crimson colour is the hallmark of fine Côte de Nuits Pinot such as this. With an enveloping nose of violets and cranberry, primary flavours of ripe wild strawberry and a distinct earthiness, this is a classic, light and inviting Burgundy red.
The Food Match
Côte de Nuits and duck is the classic food pairing but since it’s summer, simply spread some chicken liver pater on lightly buttered toast fingers, sit back and enjoy the sensation.
" mouthful, with lashings of pure fruit. Evidence of oak is pretty overt but the wine retains its balance and style."
"Great colour, plus great fruit intensity and freshness with plenty of more-ish morello and a creamy oak-derived palate."
The Côte de Nuits extends from the south of Dijon south of Nuits Saint-Georges: 60 kilometers in length and 650 meters in average width. The hillside, oriented south-east and sometimes sloping, resembles a mosaic rhythmic by the geometry of the plots and enclosures and punctuated by villages with houses of stone. It contains most of the great red wines of Burgundy and very few white wines. Our domain extends today on 23 hectares in Côte de Nuits