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. Felicette red is a fruity and very well-balanced blend produced in the South-West of France, between Narbonne and
Beziers, with a hot and dry mediterranean climate influence. Soils are sandy and silty as well as a chalk/ clay mix on the
hillsides. The grapes are harvested, destemmed and then either hot macerated to extract colour a beautiful dark red colour, and
some are cold fermented to get the best possible varietal fruit extraction. The fermentation is then conducted at controlled
temperature with gentle pumping overs to extract only the better tannins. The different pressings are then blended before
Christmas and are aged in stainless steel tank to preserve fruit and round tannins.