Cote de Nuits that even many seasoned Burgundy wine drinkers have never heard of. There is just so much great stuff in the Cote de Nuits that Fixin gets overlooked by almost everybody. Well it should not with its very well-regarded neighbor, Gevrey-Chambertin, which the wines can often resemble. The wines are typically stylistically similar to Gevrey-Chambertin but are not as powerful or perfumed. As evidence that tastes can change, up until the mid 17th century, Fixin was held in higher regard than Gevrey.
There are only six 1er Cru vineyards and they are all located at the end of Fixin nearest to Gevrey. Fixin is actually a combination of two old hamlets Fixin and Fixey. Even combining the two there are only 1,000 residents today.
The soil here is more clay, especially in the less hilly areas resulting in wines that are more rustic than village Gevrey. They also can be extremely tannic and may take many many year to evolve. Even after they have fully evolved, they are still rustic, albeit a bit softer. Producer is very important in Fixin as the worst wines can be bitter, lacking fruit and charmless. That is what the Fixin name has been associated with for a long time but in recent years, quality is improving. But as a result of this reputation for tough wines, many producers declassified to Cote de Nuits Villages.
The great and famous producer in Fixin is Pierre Gelin and his 1er Cru's Clos Napoleon and Les Hervelets are fantastic bottles, albeit difficult to find. The wines are extremely long-lived as that is what the owner Stephen Gelin prefers and he makes no qualms about it.
Fixin will taste of brambly red fruits, spice, earth and tannin all on a usually large frame that is not the most refined. If ever a Burgundy village screamed out for fowl and game it is Fixin. The wines start at around $20 and most get to around $45 (although pricing for some premier cru bottlings went into the $80 range in the height of the 2005 Burgundy craze). The pricing is pretty consistent too as there is such a small cadre of producers whose quality does not vary much.
Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1999
Top producers (in no particular order) include: (Not all producers located in Fixin proper)