Domaine Henri Felettig: One to Watch

“The quality at this domaine has skyrocketed over the past few vintages ”- Allen Meadows, 2013

Since 2012, we have proudly been importing the wines of Domaine Henri Felettig to Hong Kong, and for good reason too. This domaine, despite being relatively young on the scene in Burgundy, is producing some incredible wines.  Don’t just take our word for it, in 2015 En Primeur critics rated Felettig’s wines alongside greats such as Cathiard, for being truly outstanding in their region.

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Henri Felettig began the estate in 1965 when he inherited 2 modest hectares of vines and 1 of black currants. Henri continued to invest, and being a local boy, he invested wisely. By 1993 Henri had amassed 9 hectares of land. Included in this were pockets of Les Petits Monts, Aux Reignots et Les Chaumes, from which they produced their first Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru. This was an early stand out in their portfolio with the cuvée mirroring the qualities of its neighbour, Richebourg, La Romanée and La Tache.

The estate is farmed completely organically now. No herbicides or insecticides touch the plants and all harvesting is completed manually. There are no additions of yeast or extraction of enzymes. After 3 weeks of cuvaison, the wines are transferred to barrels, ranging between 10 and 50% new oak, for between 13 and 16 months.

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Gilbert Felettig

Today the estate of 12.5 hectares is run by siblings Gilbert and Christine, Henri’s children. The domaine has seen a lot of changes from its beginning and has expanded even more since 1993 to include a revered parcel of Les Crouts in the area of Echézeaux as well as plots of Les Combottes, Les Carrieres, Les Feusselottes and Echézeaux Grand Cru.  Gilbert is responsible for the wines of Domaine Felettig, while Christine manages the commercial side of the estate.

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Damaged buds following Spring frost of 2016

Our product manager visited the estate in November 2016, just on time to receive a full update on the harvest and the vines on the year. Production was down by 60%, which was unsurprising given the harsh Spring frost of the year.  As a result this vintage will produce no Feuselottes, no Combottes, no Gruenchers and no Chabiot. Instead Gilbert will do a Chambolle 1er Cru. Despite this setback he noted that what was harvested displayed good quality and good balance.

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The estate’s very limited production of 50,000 bottles a year stretches demand as quality and reputation improves year on year. The wines of Felettig are dark with a great structure, the aromatic notes of the pinot are subtly enhanced by hints of spice, stylistically these are modern wines- but still very representative of Chambolle.

Next month, Gilbert will be visiting us in Hong Kong and to celebrate we will be holding a tasting of his wines in our Tasting Room, Sheung Wan.  More details.

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