If any domaine has made more dramatic progress over the last handful of vintages, we would be very surprised. Why? Quite simply, Gilbert Felettig was dissatisfied with his 2009s, which he found over ripe and excessively oaky. He therefore set about changing everything.
Henri Felettig, a former vineyard worker, founded this domaine in 1974. His children Gilbert (viticulture and vinification) and Christine (commercial) joined him in 1993 and now run this 12.5 hectare domaine, which comprises some 100 individual parcels! Viticulture is now organic, with no use of herbicides or insecticides, their vines are mostly old (40-50 years) and everything is harvested by hand. Following a rigorous selection, during which the grapes are sorted in both the vineyard and cuverie, they then undergo a 5-7 day cold maceration at 10°C prior to fermentation and a three week cuvaison.
Gilbert is now far gentler in terms of frequency and intensity of pigeage, which is borne out by the precision and purity of their wines. They then see between 30% new oak in the case of the village wines and 50% for the premier crus, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Bourgogne Aligoté Vieilles Vignes from 60+ and 35-40-year-old vines in Chambolle and Vosne. Fermented in older barrels. Bourgogne Rouge is from 45-year-old vines, just over the other side of the RN74 in Chambolle – stoney, well-drained soils, all in the cone d’ejection of the combe (dry valley) 20% new oak. All destemmed.
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Lavrottes from 20+ year old vines on slightly heavier soils. 60% new oak. 28% whole bunches. Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Combottes produced from very “calcaire” soils. A 0.25-hectare plot of 60 year old vines. 50% new oak. 67% whole bunches. Corton Grand Cru Les Grandes Lollières from 30 ares of east-facing, 50-year-old vines from the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny. Very stony, clay topsoil on compacted limestone. 20% whole bunches. 16 months in 100% new oak. Echezeaux Grand Cru from vines planted in 2001 in Les Treux. 1 new 500 litre demi-muid made, 74% whole bunches.
A brand new cuverie has recently been completed. A genuine star domaine, which will only become even better.
“I have enthusiastically reported on the rapid rise of Domaine Felettig to increasing prominence as the quality has done nothing but improve. 2016 represents a cherry on top of the cake as I have never seen better wines across the board from the domaine. If you’re not familiar with the wines, you owe it to yourself to make their acquaintance.” – Allen Meadows, Burghound
|Marsannay Les Crais|
|Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Combottes|
|Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Lavrottes|
|V , VF , DM||Pinot Noir|
|Fixin 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre|
|Beaune 1er Cru Les Champs Pimont|
|Morey Saint Denis En la Rue de Vergy|
|Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbe|
|V , VF||Pinot Noir|
|Corton Grand Cru Les Grandes Lollieres|
|V , VF||Pinot Noir|
|Marsannay Les Crais||Pinot Noir|
|Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Combottes||Pinot Noir|
|Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Lavrottes||V , VF , DM||Pinot Noir|
|Fixin 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre||Pinot Noir|
|Beaune 1er Cru Les Champs Pimont||Pinot Noir|
|Morey Saint Denis En la Rue de Vergy||Pinot Noir|
|Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbe||V , VF||Pinot Noir|
|Corton Grand Cru Les Grandes Lollieres||V , VF||Pinot Noir|