"Naturé" is the old school name of Savagnin. This wine is from a single vineyard called Pré Levront just below Corvées. The vines are 20 years old, but a small part was planted by Francoise's great-grandfather over 100 years ago. Soil is blue and gray marl and all grapes are harvested and sorted in the vineyard by hand. Slow horizontal hydraulic press into stainless for wild fermentation. Upbringing in old oak barrels from Meursault and bottled the following year without filtration and very little sulphur.
Pear, lemon and quite herbal. Quite reductive struck match and needs some time and a decant to show at it's best. Pithy and textural on the palate with plenty of acid cut and juicy finish. - 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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