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  • 66. Arbois AC 2013 Melon à Queue Rouge, Cuvée des Docteurs

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    Lucien Aviet

    100% Melon à Queue Rouge (13% alc.)

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    Melon à queue rouge is an ancient strain of chardonnay (here from 50yo vines) grown by only three top producers in Arbois. Aged in old foudres for three years and topped up, this is an unbelievably fine wine, with a pale gold colour, the mouthfeel of a fine white burgundy, restrained citrus fruits, a good cut of acidity, and very saline on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 67. Arbois AC 2014 Trousseau, Cuvée des Géologues, Bruyères

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    Lucien Aviet

    100% Trousseau (13% alc.)

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    Bruyères is one of three cuvées of Trousseau from vines planted in specific terroirs of Arbois identified by geologists as the best for growing the capricious Trousseau variety. Bruyères lies between Marnes Rouges and Rosiers and comprises just ½ hectare of south facing, 30yo vines, planted in a light, gravelly soil. It has a delicate, mid-red colour, silky fruit with real purity of expression and mineral stamp. Bottled earlier than normal because it was just so delicious. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 68. Arbois AC 2013 Trousseau, Cuvée des Géologues, Les Rosiers

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    Lucien Aviet

    100% Trousseau (13% alc.)

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    Les Rosiers is the finest of Aviet's three cuvées of Trousseau. It lies alongside the famous walled clos of vines belonging to Pasteur, and comprises ½ hectare of south facing, 40yo vines, planted in a quick draining, gravelly soil. It has a similar delicate, mid-red colour to the Bruyères, clarity of fruit and mineral stamp, but at the same time a density, richness and good structure, with spicy notes on the finish. Will age very well. For drinking now to 2023.

  • 69. Arbois AC 2007 Savagnin, Réserve de Caveau

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    Lucien Aviet

    100% Savagnin (13.5% alc.)

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    This outstanding oxidative wine was aged under voile in foudres for eight years -longer than most Vin Jaune (it just lacked the requisite alcohol level to be considered as a Vin Jaune). Without quite the same power but with just as much class, it has a silkier mouthfeel and is easier to drink and perhaps more versatile with food than most Vin Jaune. Notably truffley and walnuty, with a saline cut, it marries very well with white meats, sauces with a cream base, mushrooms and Comté cheese. An incredible bargain at around half the price of Vin Jaune. For drinking now to 2027.

  • 70. Arbois AC 2014 Trousseau, Cuvée Bérangères

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    Jacques Puffeney

    100% Trousseau (13% alc.)

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    35 year old vines planted in a loose, gravelly soil on a southeast facing slope.  Trousseau demands very dry conditions to give its best as with this vintage in which there was no necessity to chaptalise.  Classic pale colour similar to pinot noir, a touch more weight and depth of fruit than poulsard, with mulberries, raspberries, hint of spice and mineral cut. According to Jacques, you need to exercise a little patience -  as the wine ages it picks up weight and length on the palate and is at its very best at five to six years old. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 71. Arbois AC 2014 Savagnin Naturé (out of stock)

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    Jacques Puffeney

    100% Savagnin (13% alc.)

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    Better late than never - this is the first and only time that we will be buying this exceptional wine as Jacques retired after this vintage. Aged in old barrels for 15 months and topped up, it has nutty, truffley aromatics, great texture, and classic stewed lemon fruits nicely relieved by the savagnin’s characteristic acidity with notable bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 72. Arbois Vin Jaune AC 2008 (out of stock)

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    Jacques Puffeney

    100% Savagnin (14% alc.)

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    Vin Jaune is the Jura region’s real speciality, from late-harvested savagnin – pressed and then aged under a yeast veil in older oak for six years, then assembled and aged in foudre for a further year. It is bottled (naturally, without filtration) in a distinctive ‘clavelin’ with a long neck and hunched shoulders – which holds 62cl – the amount of one litre of wine that is said to remain after six years of evaporation. Superb with rich, creamy dishes, it has a flavour not dissimilar to an aged amontillado sherry, with walnut and truffley tones. For drinking now to 2100.