About this WINE
Domaine Fabien Coche
Fabien Coche is a fourth-generation vigneron who took over from his father, Alain, in 2005. From the ’20 vintage the name of the domaine changed from Coche-Bizouard to Fabien Coche. The Coche family is well known in Burgundy: Raphaël Coche-Dury is a cousin, and the two domaines were one until they split in 1949.
Fabien’s shunning of the limelight and understated winemaking have kept him relatively under the radar. A pragmatic and forward-thinking winemaker, he moved in 2007 from the cramped family cellars in Meursault to a more practical, purpose-built premises outside the village.
He uses more and more large-format oak (foudres and 500- to 600-litre barrels) to minimise oxidation in the face of warmer, riper vintages. After several years of trials, he now uses Diam “Origine” corks (made with beeswax) across the range to ensure consistent ageing. He farms organically, not for any commercial motivation but out of respect for the health of those working in the vineyard.
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.