This wine is a co-fermentation of Pinot Noir and trousseau from the original walled vineyard of Clos Maire in Arbois. The grapes are directly de-stemmed in the vineyard manually via crible, and the berries arrive intact in the vat room for a semi-carbonic maceration which gives this wine a lot of freshness. Raised in old burgundy barrels and bottled without filtration, fining and a tiny splash of S02 on bottling.
Quite a funky release this year. The part carbonic lifts the nose and freshens the palate on entry. Cherry, raspberry, musk. Autumn leaves in a forest vibe and fresh pulled rhubarb. Lovely flow and acid profile with that stretched out vertical band of tanin bringing everything together. Grab some morbier cheese or a roast pork dish and enjoy this delicious cuvee which is one of the best to date. - Greg Murphy
In the town of Arbois, sits this small Domaine run by husband and wife team Michel-Henri and Françoise Ratte. Vineyards have been in Françoise' family for generations but they have always sold their fruit off to different producers. Until now. In 2015 they began to produce wines under their own label, utilising some of the best terroirs in Arbois.
They own 9 hectares of vines from famed parcels such as Les Corvées, Clos Maire and Pré Levront. Vine ages are between 20-80 years old but there is still a small part of 100 year old Savagnin plants in Pré Leveron planted by Françoise' Great Grandfather. The vineyards have been farmed organically and using Biodynamic principles since 1989. Françoise believes that Biodynamics is the best way to grow quality fruit, and preserve the natural health of the vines.
A new cave has been built on the outskirts of Arbois, close to the vines, and houses all the large stainless steel vats where the wines are fermented. All fermentations are carried out using wild yeast, before being transferred to old Burgundy barrels for maturation. Nothing is added or taken away with these wines, creating very pure expressions of the Arbois region and terroir.
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