Strawberry and herbs on the nose, light color, also light-body on the palate. Cherry, bay leaves, some forest floor. 100% Poulsard from the region of Arbois in Jura. Organic, indigenous yeast, neutral oak aged (18 months), no-finishing. Poulsar is technically a dark-skinned noir grape, but the skins are very thin with low amounts of color -phenols and produces very pale colored red wine.
Today Regine and Jean own 4 hectares of vines around Macon, on the vintages of Vir-Cless, Mcon-Lugny, Mcon-Montbellet and Saint-Vran, as well as 5 hectares in the Jura region, on the vintages of Arbois and Cotes de Jura. Located in eastern France between Burgundy and Switzerland, The Jura region gets its moniker from the Jurassic geological period, evident in the soil. In the lowlands, the vineyards are composed mostly of clay, with more limestone in the higher elevations, which can exceed 1300 feet. Also, marl is scattered throughout the best vineyards. This steep, mountainous area is home to many ancient, indigenous varietals including Poulsard, Trousseau, and Savagnin, as well as Chardonnay. Cuttings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were brought from Burgundy in the middle ages. Melon d'Arbois is the local name for Chardonnay, Arbois being a principal city in the region. Chardonnay now accounts for nearly 45 of production as its tendency toward early ripening and naturally high
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Voluminous, rich, bright, fresh and spicy are all adjectives that describe this typical Jura wine. A region that has been very popular for several years thanks to a new generation of producers such as Jean Rijckaert who have been able to promote the terroir and its local grape varieties to both novices and connoisseurs.
Established in 1998 by longtime winemaker for Verget Jean Rijckaert, who fell in love with the terroir in both the Macon and Jura, this unique estate has cellars and produces wine in both regions. Without heirs, Jean partnered with his brilliant student Florent Rouve and groomed him until he was ready to take over managing the estate and all winemaking in 2013. The "savoir-faire" that made the outstanding reputation of these wines – restricted yields, manual harvesting, slow and moderate pressings, indigenous yeasts, limited batonnage to favor acidity, long aging – has been preserved, perhaps even enhanced, with the incredibly talented Florent taking over at the helm of the estate, while Jean consults at key stages in the process. All wines are aged in oak barrels with no racking, stirring or any disruption during élevage. These beautifully crafted wines soulfully represent some of the best in natural winemaking, which aims to express the typicity of the grape and the specificity of the terroir.
Today, Régine and Jean own 4 hectares of vines around Mâcon, in the villages of Viré-Clessé, Mâcon-Lugny, Mâcon-Montbellet and Saint-Véran, as well as 5 hectares in the Jura region, in the villages of Arbois and Côtes de Jura.