Get to know: Domaine Felettig, Bourgogne Aligote Vieilles Vignes 2020
Wonderful Aligote from an excellent winemaker. 2020 was a warm vintage with great concentration. This has vibrant aromas of acacia blossom and ripe peach, lemon and green apple fruit with a little hazelnut. On the palate it a very fresh with very lean and fruity acidity that ensures good length rounded out by a slight saline note.
A fine Burgundy that will go very nicely with a crab salad.
If any domaine has made more dramatic progress over the last handful of vintages, we would be very surprised. 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 and now prefers limited pumping over, which is borne out by the precision and purity of their wines.