Drunk Great Fosters hotel, Egham, October 2013
Fixin wine is produced in the communes of Fixin and Brochon in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Fixin may be used for red and white wine with respectively Pinot noir and Chardonnay as the main grape variety. There are no Grand Cru vineyards with these communes.
There are five climats in Fixin classified as Premier Cru vineyards, of which one straddles the border of the communes of Fixin and Brochon, and the rest are located entirely within Fixin. Premiers Crus located within the commune of Fixin: Arvelets, Hervelets, Clos du Chapitre, Clos Napoléon, and Clos de la Perrière,Clos de la Perrière is located within the commune of Brochon.
Awareness of Pinot Noir from Fixin is relatively low, which is surprising given its proximity to Gevrey-Chambertin. But this is mainly as a result of few top notch producers within the area and up to the early 1980's most of the production in the area went to négociants - a French term for a wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under its own name.
Vosne based Meo-Camuzet is recognised as an excellent producer of Fixin producing study, muscular Pinot Noir and offering much better value than many Burgundy wine areas, though perhaps with less obvious complexity than the regions best.
Unfortunately after a couple of excellent Felton Road Bannockburn and Dog Point New Zealand Pinot Noir's on this stay at the amazing Great fosters hotel near Egham, Surrey with the brilliant sommelier Stevie, I was not in a position to rate this wine. An interesting story though given the ridiculous prices for decent Gevrey Premier and Grand Cru. One to try again when the palate is operational!