“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

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. The Chambolle village, from 25-30 different parcels throughout the village (some of them are adjoining, so it’s not as bad as it seems!), is ripe, plump and structured, with lovely tension. Clos le Village, a low yielding single 0.5 hectare plot on hard limestone, is cool, pure, minerally and understated. They also have some wonderful holdings in Chambolle 1er Crus Feusselottes, Fuées, Gruenchers, Carrières, Charmes, Vosne 1er Cru Les Reignots and Echezeaux. A brand new cuverie has recently been completed. A genuine star domaine, which will only become even better.

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