Since 1692, the FÉLIX family has been cultivating vines in Saint-Bris. Hervé Félix took up the torch in 1987 with Marie-Claire. The Domaine, located in Saint Bris Le Vineux, now covers 29 hectares spread over 53 plots and islets, the oldest of which was planted in 1931 in the Irancy appellation.
The Kimmeridgian clay-limestone subsoil, dating from the Upper Jurassic period (-155 millons of years) and the perfect exposure of the vines give Sauvignon, Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Caesar their full identity in the Saint-Bris, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre, Chablis and Irancy appellations. Hervé Felix, Marie-Claire, and since 2016 their son Olivier have been cherishing and respecting their land to obtain the most beautiful grapes. Since 1996, the vines have been cultivated using the method known as "lutte raisonnée" which aims to adapt the actions to the exposure, the subsoil and the climatology.
The passion and know-how of the Felix family are each year recognized by national and international competitions (Mâcon, Vignerons Indépendants, Concours Agricole de Paris, Burgondia, Feminalise, Concours des Vins du Grand Auxerrois, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, Tastevinage, IWC, Decanter,...) as well as the Hachette guide, La Revue du vin de France, Bourgogne Aujourd'hui, Bettane et Desseauve, En Bourgogne, Le Petit Futé ...
Terroir and breeding
The vines are planted on clay-limestone soil, the first plantations dating from 1934. The surface area of the vines is 9 ha 33.
Elaboration by pneumatic pressing and static settling. Classic vinification in thermo-regulated vats. The average production is 90 000 bottles per year. This excellent quality aligoté can be aged for 3 to 5 years, or even more depending on the vintage.
Very beautiful golden robe with tender pale green reflections. Brilliant, luminous and limpid. The nose evolves in freshness. It reveals fern, hawthorn and acacia. On the palate, the liveliness reinforced by the mineral gives a beautiful structure. The finish is pleasant, leaving the mouth fresh and tasty.
The great conviviality of this aligoté makes it the friend of the snack. It likes traditional cooking, fried mussels, tabbouleh, exotic rice, chicken mayonnaise or an English plate. With a hint of blackcurrant liqueur it becomes the well-known aperitif: the Kir!