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Arbois AC 2015 Savagnin Terres Bleues
  • 75. Arbois AC 2015 Savagnin Terres Bleues

    Domaine de la Touraize

    100% Savagnin (13% alc.)

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    15 and 30yo vines planted in blue marls (la Régole and la Rivière) here give 40hh. Vinified using natural yeasts and aged in foudres for a year, savagnin always retains its natural balance and freshness even in warmer vintages like 2015, and this topped up wine offers sappy citrus fruits, with good salinity and attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2022.

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Winemaker
André-Jean Morin
Location
Village of Arbois, lieux-dits Sur la régole et La Rivière, Jura.
Size of domaine
12 ha in total
Grape
100% Savagnin. 15 to 30 year old vines on 3309C rootstock planted at 5,000 vines per hectare. Trained to “double guyot”.
Terroir
Blue marls at a 380 metre elevation. Flat aspect, facing south/west.
Viticulture
Debudding. No green harvest; only thinning out the leaves. Works the soil (ploughs every other row). No chemicals used in the vineyard. Copper and sulphur used against oidium and mildew. No treatments against pests and insects. Organic fertilizers (sheep manure) are used during winter. Harvested by hand with a very severe sorting in the vineyard. 40 hectos per hectare yield
Vinification
Pressing with stems (using a pneumatic press) and then juice settles for 24 to 48 hours. Start of fermentation at 15°C in stainless steel vats using natural yeast for 2 to 3 days and then rest of the fermentation in 3 to 4 year old 600L barrels. Temperature is controlled. No chaptalisation. Malolactic fermentation is starting in Spring when the cellar gets warmer; it does last for a little while due to the high acidity. During the elevage, the barrels are topped up (‘ouillage’) to minimise oxidation. Élevage in 3 to 4 year old 600L barrels for 10 months without racking or lees stirring (batonnage). One domaine bottling in July without fining but with filtration.
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