Domaine Felix / Burgundy

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Sensational value Burgundy on the up

 

How could Felix not import Domaine Félix?  Namesakes aside, this family estate is a big tick alongside the increasingly rare paradigm of good value and high quality Burgundy. 

Tracing winemaking history back to the 1600s, today’s phase of the Félix family’s operation took root in 1981 with Hervé Félix taking over the domaine. Holdings quickly expanded from 11 to 31 hectares, bottling was now done at the domaine, and vineyard chemical use was greatly reduced, to culture raisonée methodology (chemicals only used when absolutely necessary to save a crop) from the early 2000s.  The winery is based in Saint-Bris, with vineyard holdings spread through the Yonne department, taking in Côtes d’Auxerre and Petit Chablis, plus Irancy and Saint-Bris (Sauvignon Blanc).

Son Olivier Félix  is stepping up to take over running of the estate, and with the quality of the wines quietly taking a turn upwards, we’re particularly happy with the current set of releases, and pleased to finally bring in their excellent Passe-Tout-Grains Pinot Noir/Gamay blend.

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  • Domaine Felix Passe-Tout-Grains

    $ 36.00 incl. GST

    First shipment of this gorgeous Pinot Noir and Gamay blend, an historically significant style.  All estate-grown from 1965 and 1980 plantings, fermented in stainless steel and rested in seasoned oak.

    A vibrant violet shade, with purple flowers on the nose, and a plethora of fruits of the cherry, raspberry and plum spectrum.  The gamay component provides a nice mineral/tannin backbone, though slurpability and fun are paramount here, a fresh and fruit-driven style and an easy companion to snacks, cheeses and barbecues.

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  • Domaine Félix Bourgogne Côtes D’Auxerre Rosé 2016

    $ 38.00 incl. GST

    Rosé for Burgundy purists from 100% Pinot Noir.  Grown and made as a rosé and interestingly winemaking involves two days’ maceration, rather than being of saignée method.  An interesting and complete style, combines a lightness and prettiness with depth.  It is of course Pinot-esque, with an earthy depth and a brush of fruit tannin over the mid palate, wrapped around sweeter fruit flavours of strawberry, orange rind, wild cherries and some steminess which adds interest – the sweet/savoury-earthy pull of the wine makes this a compelling pink.

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  • Domaine Félix Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017

    $ 38.00 incl. GST

    A bright, mid-weight style.  Shows a classic white Burgundy oatmealy nose with some old-school Chablis characters of wax, honey and lanolin, with the tiniest note of oyster shell.  These themes continue to the palate, especially honey, over peach and nectarine fruit.  Leesy character adds fullness but the wine keeps on its toes, requisitely tense and defined at its edges.  An easy drinking bistro style with plenty of charm.

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  • Domaine Felix Bourgogne Red 2017

    $ 43.00 incl. GST

    Perfumed and pretty Bourgogne Rouge.  Continues the house’s style of balancing brightness with earthiness, a nose of rose petal and small red berries is countenanced by a touch of herbs and steminess.  Fruit remains bright on the palate with cranberry and raspberry, with a cooling quality on the palate which renders this wine immensely drinkable.  Tannins are ultra fine, with some lead pencil/graphite minerality adding depth to the finish.  Everything you’d expect from a well made entry level red Burgundy, with poise and definition.

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  • Domaine Félix Petit Chablis 2018

    $ 46.00 incl. GST

    A fine and elegant Petit Chablis.  Feels old-school in sharing the Bourgogne’s themes of beeswax, honey and lanolin, away from the sometimes face-ripping austerity of Chablis.  A cushioning of grapefruit and lemon fruit wraps over oyster shell and flint.  Aromatics of white flowers add further dimension, as does a briny tang to close.  A pleasant glass to glasser.

  • Domaine Félix Bourgogne Côtes D’Auxerre Cuvee Saint André 2015

    $ 52.00 incl. GST

    Big brother Bourgogne.  90% Pinot Noir and 10% César, a rare varietal local to the Yonne department, authorized for Bourgogne in Auxerre, as well as Irancy reds; its firmer tannins add structure, grip and longevity.

    A gorgeous wine, a greater concentration of red fruits against the entry Bourgogne, with a deep and savoury tannin profile complexing its plusher beginnings.  Nebbiolo-esque if you will, it’s got a bunchy earthiness which sets it up as great for pairing with protein based dishes – a nice steak above all else.