Michel Gahier 2019 Chardonnay, Les Follasses, Arbois AOC
Item Number: 15768
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Follasses
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: White limestone-clay marl
Tasting Notes: From 45-year-old Chardonnay planted in marne blanche (white marl), Les Follasses is topped up in cask, but nonetheless delivers an unhinged expression of saline minerality. The marl here—a layer of decomposed limestone mixed with clay—predates the limestone that dominates Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, and it is this marl (in varying iterations of color and mineral composition) that dominates the terroir of the Jura.
Winemaking Notes: Gahier tends six and a half hectares of old vines in Montigny-les-Arsures—a village in Arbois known locally as "the capital of Trousseau." Without bluster or fanfare, Michel works his vineyards completely organically, and he vinifies, ages, and bottles his wines without any additions whatsoever—no yeast, no sulfites, no nothing. While his wines can be somewhat ornery soon after bottling—their wild spirits lashing out at the artificial prison of 750 milliliters, perhaps—they transform within six or eight months into some of the most pure, aesthetically electrifying expressions of Jurassien soils that can be found.
Fermentation: Spontaneous in neutral oak foudres
Aging: 12-18 months in 25-hl foudres with topping up