Michel Gahier 2016 Chardonnay, Les Fauquettes, Arbois AOC

Michel Gahier 2016 Chardonnay, Les Fauquettes, Arbois AOC

Item Number: 15770

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Jura
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Fauquette
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Blue/grey limestone-clay marl

Tasting Notes: Always the greatest of Michel’s white wines, La Fauquette (from soils of marne bleu) spends four years in 400-liter barrels without being topped up. Despite the marked influence of the voile, however, it is the most elegant of Gahier’s whites: viscerally salty and rich, but with the finesse of great Corton-Charlemagne. It is truly amazing that Michel can express such purity and laser-focus in a wine of such wildness. Michel remarks that he seeks a veil signature that is more spice-driven than overtly nutty, adding that the blatant, terroir-dwarfing nuttiness found in some of the region’s sous-voile wines is often an indication of yeast inoculation. [Note: he labels this wine as "Melon"—a nod to the fact that his vines here are actually the local Jura mutation of Chardonnay known as "Melon à Queue Rouge."]

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.

Destemmed: Yes
Fermentation: Spontaneous in neutral oak foudres
Aging: 12-18 months in 25-hl foudres followed by 36 months in 400-liter neutral oak demi-muids with no topping up
Fining: None
Filtering: None