Fixin Derey Frères Vielles Vignes 2010, Burgundy, France

Drunk August 2015 @ home (Brittany Holiday Lamour Plage)



The winery

In 1850, Claude Derey founded the Domaine in the town of Couchey. Since then, six generations continue the tradition.

The estate has 20 hectares spread over the municipalities of Dijon (one of the few really Dijon based producers), Marsannay la Côte, Fixin, Couchey and Gevrey-Chambertin. In the 2000s, Peter and Suzanne, took over the management of the  Domaine and in 2007 they acquired the  "Craite-Straw" parcel in Gevrey-Chambertin.

The wine

The appellation of Fixin covers the communes of Brochon and Fixin – which was first elevated to AOC status in December 1936. The wines from the appelation are producer in an area just north of the famous Gevrey-Chambertin, known for its masculine, muscular style of wines. tasting notes

The 2010 Burgundy's are generally of high quality and Fixin's are often described as mini Gevrey-Chambertin's but this wine was very different in style. Though deep red in the glass, much deeper than say a Beaune, the wine lacked the masculine elements of a Gevrey. Savoury with plenty of fruit but lacking the earthy characteristics of its neighbour and given the quality of Burgundy 2010 I was expecting more for the price. Very drinkable but mediocre complexity in summary and certainly lacking length. Surprising given the history of the Domaine.