Vignerons Les Matheny
Elise and Emeric Foléat have created a domaine of impeccable class: Les Matheny.
Emeric Foléat spent eight years working for Jacques Puffeney—a powerful resumé before going out on one's own. Both of them born and bred in the Jura, Elise and Emeric began Les Matheny—playfully named after their tiny home village of Mathenay—in 2007, and their holdings today encompass three and a half hectares of vines spread among Arbois, Montigny-les-Arsures, and Poligny.
The Foléat's have converted an old, rustic farmhouse into their winery. Inside are weathered, wooden casks; it is absent of shiny technology. Thoughtful experimentation, rooted in local tradition, is their operative philosophy. The Foléats take each harvest as it comes with no yearly "recipe." They let the wines speak and vinify each parcel as deemed necessary. A cask or two might be kept under voile for an extra-long time if the underlying material proves worthy. Topping up barrels may occur occasionally or partially, and is based purely on taste and instinct. While both enologist and marketer alike may consider Les Matheny a baffling operation, those who value character in wine will find a deep well of authenticity and beauty here. There is an uncompromising realness. These are wines free of shackles.
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