The Félicette wines originate from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, along its southern-most coastline of the Mediterranean. Coming from vineyards between Narbonne and Béziers, the grapes are de-stemmed, undergo cold maceration and gentle ferments.
It is often said that there are more people who have travelled to space than there are Masters of Wine, and while that may be very true, there are many more MW's than there are cosmic cats. In a uniquely Gallic surge of innovation, 1963 witnessed France entering the feline space race via a cat named Félicette. Now immortalised on a wine that pays homage to those that think outside the box, Felicette is for all those who dream to be a little different. All wines in the Félicette range have been carefully crafted to be subtle, sassy and food friendly
The vineyards are planted on the plains and foothills in the south of France, between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. The area benefits from two distinctive climates that allow the production of a large diversity and styles of wines: the Mediterranean climate for ripe and juicy wines and the Atlantic climate around Carcassonne for more structured and mineral wines. Clay - limestone soils, vines trained Cordon de Royat, and a plant density of between 4000 and 5000 vines/ha with yields of 75 hl/ha. The wine benefits from a period of cold skin contact and maceration. Pressing of the grapes is carried out in a pneumatic
press with separation of free-run juice from pressed must. Cold static must settling then a settling on the fine lees with
stirring to highlight the richness of the wine. The wines are then racked off the lees to prevent malolactic fermentation.
Space cats! Grenache Blanc is an interesting proposition for me, though my good friend and colleague, Ned Goodwin MW, is something of an aficionado. It’s one of his many endearing character traits, and why he’s in my Top 5 list of MW’s. Pear, marzipan, slight smokiness and floral notes, wax and citrus. It’s light and fresh, lean but flavoursome, rather than flabby, offers a bit of zip and crunch, yet runs smooth and pretty long. There’s some almost quinine-like bite to the finish, which is nice. Good change of pace here, and very nicely turned out. Drink: 2019 - 2022+ - Wine Front