Henri Felettig founded the domaine in 1965. He was the 3rd generation of Felettigs to work the land. He inherited 2 hectares of vines and 1 hectare of black currants. The family rented land where they could and saved the earnings. Henri bought aggressively but judiciously. His ambition was to grow vertically in quality not horizontally in quantity. As a local boy Henri knew where the good dirt was and by 1993 the Felettigs were exploiting 9 hectares of it. At this point small parcels of Petits Monts (.11ha) Aux Reignots (.10ha) and .05 ha. of Les Chaumes) were being blended together for their 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée--its one of the stars of the lineup. Farmed biodynamically with Loius Michel Liger-Belair, the Vosne-Romanée 1er cru is a mini cuvee shadowing the profiles of the neighboring plots of Richebourg, La Romanée and La Tache which they border respectively. In 2006 a critical addition of .12 hectares in the Les Crouts (one of H. Jayer’s favorites) areas of Echézeaux rounded out the domaine. The remaining plots are small but of serious pedigree: La Justice .39 ha (Gevery-Chambertin), Les Chaliots (Nuits St. George), Clos Village .50 ha (Chambolle), Combottes .34, Carrieres .40 ha, Feusselottes .17 ha, Fuees .33 ha, Lavrottes .10 ha, and Charmes .25 ha, Vosne-Romanée, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru .25 ha, and Echézeaux Grand Cru .12 ha.
Gilbert says that the viticulture philosophies have slowly changed over the years and that he farms the vines completely organically now, which includes no herbicides or insecticides. The harvest is done manually and the fruit is sorted twice, which is to say once in the vineyards and then again at the cuverie. The fruit is then 100% destemmed and held at around 10° C for 5 to 7 days before allowing each fermenter to proceed as Nature would have it. There are no additions of yeast or extraction enzymes. After a roughly 3 week cuvaison the must is racked off into barrel that range from 10 to 50% new, depending on the wine, where it will rest for 13 to 16 months. [10% new oak for village for 13 months, 30% to 50% new oak for 1er and Grand Cru for 16 months] The new wine is then transferred by gravity to a bottling line where it is bottled without fining or filtration. Felettig also noted that in recent years he was aiming for wines of greater finesse and has cut down on the number of punch downs that he now does.
Hauts-Cotes de Nuits
Gevrey Chambertin “La Justice”
Chambolle Musigny “Clos le Village” Monopole
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru