The Côteaux des Corvées is where you want to grow Trousseau. A sun drenched slope of Eboulis Calcaires over Marne du Lias. 80+ year old vines of the increasingly rare "Trousseau à la Dame" variety which has small, loosely-knit clusters. Harvested by hand and de-stemmed via crible in the vineyard. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts and maceration without the addition of SO2. Aged in old Burgundy barrels. No filtration or fining with a touch of sulphur at bottling.
Ticks every box if you are a Trousseau fan. Seriously good with all the subtle elements of Jura I love. Bigger yet nimble with a lip-smacking acidity which all comes together for a fantastic, and very drinkable wine. - 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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