Domaine Hervé Félix et Fils – Bourgogne Cotes d’Auxerre White 2011 Appellation Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre
Tasting Notes: Luminous and limpid this gentle pale gold white wine has the faintest of green glints when backlit. On the nose is a light waft of brioche followed by delicate vegetal notes. Mouth is minerally, young flowers, fruit on the finish. Hold for at least a year to enjoy the fullness of its potential for finesse (and up to 10 years). 13% alc.
Production Notes: 30 yr. old Chardonnay vines. Clay-limestone with a 52 hl/ha average yield. Pneumatic pressing, static settling with vinification in temperature controlled vats.
Pair With: Grilled lobster with basil butter. Chicken in cream sauce. Knuckle of veal with spring vegetables. Époisses cheese fondue. Scallop skewers. When a few years old also pairs with seared foie gras. Serve at 10°-12°C on its own or 12°-14°C to accompany a meal. Medaille d’Argent (Silver Medal) Macon 2012.
“It will know how to seduce you.”
The wine estate, Domaine Félix et Fils, has been making wines since 1690, according to their genealogical archives. If records went back far enough, they are convinced, however, that they would show they’ve been making wines since the Roman times.
The Burgundy village, Saint Bris Le Vineux, where this 31 hectare wine estate is located, sits right at the point where the legacy appellations of AOC Saint-Bris, Chablis, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Côte d’Auxerre (Blanc, Rosé and Rouge) and Irancy meet. Saint-Bris is the 100th appellation village of Burgundy and the only one that is allowed to grow Sauvignon.
Saint Bris Le Vineux, where Domaine Félix et Fils has the majority of their 31 hectares, rests 8 km south of Auxerre and 16 km west of Chablis. Their current production is at 160,000 bottles per year, with a potential for growth of another 60,000 bottles. Their market is both domestic and for export.
The clay-limestone soils and their perfect sun orientation are optimal growing conditions for their Sauvignon, Aligoté, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to allow for their fullest expressions in the appellations that the Domaine covers: Saint-Bris, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre, Chablis and Irancy.
Domaine Félix et Fils likes to be both dynamic and embrace certain modern trends while keeping with their long-held traditions. They practice integrated vineyard management, parcel by parcel. For their reds that are 100% Pinot Noir they practice traditional vinification and 100% new oak barrel aging.
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