Fixin "Les Herbues" 2009, Michel Defrance
Fixin is a one of the small, unsung villages of the Côte d'Or located to the north of big brother Gevrey-Chambertin. One assumes the village does not consider it has a top tier lieu dit since it has not taken the double-barreled rebranding route like so many of its Côte de Nuits cousins. This Fixin from the rich 2009 vintage has a ripe earthy nose of cherry, lamb chops, aniseed, dried thyme and mint tea. Chewy plum fruit on the palate with breadth but no length to speak of. Rustic charm with a loofa-like texture - this wine is true to the terroir and is not jumped up. Scores 20-22/30 for a Fixin. Photo shows Fixin in the distance in July 2011.