I didn't expect to take such a long break! Christmas and CNY happened and our major company events are coming up ahead later this week...hopefully I can get into a new routine for 2017 :)
For who don't follow me on IG, I was in Copenhagen for Noma just before they closed end of Feb for 3 days only and had to fly immediately back to HK for this event with Gilbert Felettig of Domaine Gilbert et Christine Felettig. This is a domaine that only dates back to the 70s when Gilbert's dad Henri married a local Chambolle girl. However they expanded quickly in Chambolle Musigny and now hold many fantastic different parcels all over the commune, making them an estate to watch out for if you are looking at up and coming Chambolle Musigny estates.
“Felettig" is a name to watch over the next few years.” — Neal Martin
Gilbert kindly made stopover at our office to host tasting of his 2014s. Info on each cuvee and a sort of tasting note on the wines below. Not included was the Echezeaux, which unfortunately did not open as well as others, as the vines are a baby at 20 years old but under Felettig's care and winemaking skills, it should be also something to look out for in the near future as well.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Charmes
One of the famous 1er crus after Les Amoureuses for all the right reasons, Gilbert’s version is a fruit driven, slightly richer and more extravagant take. A more opulent style of Chambolle for those who like a little more from their wines.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Combottes
Just a stone’s throw away from its more famous neighbour Les Charmes, Felettig’s parcel here in this underrated 1er cru is composed of 60 year old vines that is vinified in 50-60% new oak. “Give this several years in the bottle and savour over the next dozen” -Neal Martin.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Carrieres
Fomerly a quarry, the soil type here is mostly limestone. This is an ‘almost monople’ in that Felettig is the only producer to bottle this 1er cru, which is matured in 50% new oak that balances the fine minerality. “Terrific” - Allen Meadows.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Feusselottes
Sitting not too far from Les Charmes in this plot are 50 year old vines that show complexity. The soils here are the richest and deepest of all the 1er crus so this is hardly surprising. A crowd pleaser at our tasting.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Fuees
Gilbert has two parcels here, one that is next to Les Cras and one next to Bonnes Mares, creating wines that taste of the finesse so classic of Chambolle. One of the most popular cuvées of the night.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Crus Les Lavrottes
Lavrotte is a lieux-dits that is exceptionally close to Dujac and Vogue’s Bonnes Mares parcels. Fermented 40% whole bunch and 60% destemmed, on the palate it is “chewy” but posseses good weight and depth, with added freshness from the acidity. A smart buy.