Heaven in Chambolle...
I spent a few hours this morning in the cellars of Domaine Gilbert & Christine Felettig in Chambolle-Musigny. It was a couple of the best hours of my life as an importer. You most likely don't know the name - it's a domaine that's been around for generations, but has only recently started selling wine under their own label, and exports very little of its production. They have 30 acres in total, spread out over an astounding 130+ small parcels and six villages, but are concentrated mostly in my favorite village of Chambolle-Musigny, where they have prime pieces of six different 1er Crus.
I haven't tasted at a domaine that excited me this much in a long, long time. I kiss a lot of frogs out here when I'm tasting around, and it is getting rarer and rarer to find a princess. I know pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, and I am most often disappointed when I taste with producers for the the first time. Over the years I have passed on over 98% of the opportunities that have come my way - mostly because the wines were just not exciting to me. The wines at Felettig were more than exciting, they flat-out blew my mind. They are quite simply everything I cherish and adore - pure, precise, expressions of their terroir, with a beautiful clarity and minerality that make me happy to be alive.
Details remain to be worked out, but it looks that I'll have some of these beautiful 2014s for you next year. Two different cuvées of Chambolle Village, six Chambolle 1er Crus, not to mention Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St. Denis and a little (as in only two barrels' worth) of Echezeaux to boot. As Bogey said in Casablanca - this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (Here's a very nice overview of the domaine from about three years ago - slightly outdated but a goodplace to start to get familiar with wines you will soon come to know and love!)