Michel Gahier

Country of Origin: France
Location: Montigny-les-Arsures, Arbois, Jura
People: Michel Gahier, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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The Gahier family has been resident in the Jura since 1525. The family domaine is 6.5 hectares with the vineyards concentrated in the village of Montigny-les-Arsures, the place recognized as the home of Trousseau. Michel Gahier has learned from the best. Gahier is a neighbor and friend of Jacques Puffeney, both living in Montigny-les-Arsures, a viticultural district that is acknowledged to produce some of the finest wines of the Arbois appellation. His observations and ongoing dialogue with Puffeney have instilled skills and sensibility that produce undeniably outstanding wines that clearly express the very particular terroir of this corner of the Jura.

Gahier harvests and vinifies his wines parcel by parcel. Each wine ultimately is derived exclusively from a single vineyard site. His whites are produced sous-voile, although the Les Crets is less dominated by that process than the La Fauquette or the Les Follasses bottlings, which spend considerably more time aging in barrel. The Savagnin and the Vin Jaune are both classic versions, a testament to the old traditions of the Jura where the whites are left in barrel without topping off. The reds are as mineral-driven as one could expect from the Jura, with a freshness and length that are compelling. The viticulture is organic (although not certified).

Media Links
Punchdrink.com: Will the Real Jura Please Stand Up?
SFGate: Red wines of Jura just right for summer
The New York Times: Wine and Cheese as It Was Meant to Be
FoodTourist.com: Michel Gahier Review
Vineyards in France: Tasting - 2010 Michel Gahier Ploussard


  • Michel Gahier 2010 Arbois Vin Jaune AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 ()

    The 2010 Arbois Trousseau Vignes de Louis is named for Michel Gahier’s grandfather, who planted these vines (of which Michel only took charge a few years ago). The eastern exposure of this gravelly site seems to be reflected in dill and chervil pungency and a more subdued and tartly seedy sense of dark berry fruit than accrued to the corresponding Le Clousot. But like its lighter and ostensibly lesser sibling, this lean Trousseau delivers saliva-liberating salinity that makes for a mouthwatering finish, overriding its bit of astringency.

    My first exposure to the wines of Michel Gahier – another of the many talents whose cellars are in tiny Montigny-les-Arsures – was one of the most exciting experiences of my recent Jura trip. Six of Gahier’s 15 acres are planted for red wine, mostly Trousseau, which has a traditional association with this village. While I confess to having lost track of whether a given Jura wine was raised or went into bottle sulfur-free – so numerous are the top growers here who conscientiously utilize as little as they feel they can get away with – suffice it to say that a number of Gahier’s bottlings, including most of his reds, are said to be entirely free of added sulfur.