Arbois Blanc Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée des Moyne", Joseph Dorbon
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Arbois Blanc Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée des Moyne", Joseph Dorbon - 2016

Item # 35585 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

This cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Savagnin from old vines 40-70 years old. This is not topped up in the bottle and a veil of flor grows on top of this wine giving it an oxidative, intentionally Sherry-like quality. Wildly complex with aromas of roasted walnuts all the while saline with minerals. In the Jura, this is the wine to have with a fine Comte.

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Staff Pick Notes

Arbois in Jura makes some of the most complex and robust whites you’ll find. The unique traditional techniques of barrel aging with oxygen exposure and a formation of a thin veil or layer of lees (voile) on the top surface gives Chardonnay and Savagnin a certain body and texture with savory flavors. Joseph Dorbon makes his wines in the tiny village of Vadans (pop. 300). The Cuvée des Moynes is a blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin from 40-80-year-old vines. He farms organically on limestone clay soils. The wine is intensely golden and bears a slick olive-oil-like consistency. The nose has a yeasty sourness, along with hints of cloves, walnuts, and baked apple. The palate is dense and savory (think a hint of fermented soy beans). Hints of poached pears also show. Ingest with a morsel of aged Comte cheese for a double dose of Jura nuttiness.

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