Arbois Vin Jaune, Savagnin

Arbois Vin Jaune, Savagnin

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type >>> desert / oxidative

grapes >>> savagnin

alc. >>> 14%

year >>>  2011

size >>> 750ml


The speciality wine of the Jura, Vin Jaune, from one of the very best to ever do it, Jacques Puffeney. The great man, with his white beard full of wine wisdom has now sadly retired from winemaking. He hung up his secateurs in 2014 (52nd vintage!) and left his vines in the safe hands of Domaine du Pelican. However, Jacques held on to his stock of wines and will continue to release them in very small amount. 

Not only an incredible winemaker but also an incredible mind and personality. He is able to tell you the conditions from each vintage he has worked and the quality and differences in the wines from that year. In his time he worked with and assembled some of the best parcels in the Arbois district, ensuring each vine was planted correctly according to the terroir. 

Organic farming and always low intervention winemaking. Nothing added and nothing taken away, wild yeasts for fermentation and all vine work and harvesting by hand. In many ways he was a pioneer of this sort of vineyard work for the region. Definitely a name that sits amongst the legendary winemakers of the Jura or as his nickname suggests  ‘Le Pape d’Arbois’. 

 "From late-harvested savagnin, pressed and aged under a veil of yeast in old oak for six years, then assembled and aged in foudre for a further year. It is bottled without filtration in a distinctive ‘clavelin’ bottle with a long neck and hunched shoulders, which holds 62cl – the volume that is said to remain out of one litre of wine following six years of slow and steady evaporation. Superb partner to rich, creamy dishes with mushrooms such as morels, it has a flavour similar to an aged amontillado sherry, with walnut and truffley tones, and the longer you keep it the more complex and resonant it becomes. For drinking now to 2100!"