Domaine Felettig, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc en Vallerot 2021
Get to know: Domaine Felettig, Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc en Vallerot 2021
A very precise and tightly structured wine that is showing a lot of promise. There's an appealing freshness and purity to the fruit and a tangy sourness that will round out with a little more bottle age. We'd recommend saving holding onto this one for another year or two before drinking.
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.
A genuine star domaine, which will only become even better.