Arbois Blanc Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée des Moyne", Joseph Dorbon
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Arbois Blanc Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée des Moyne", Joseph Dorbon - 2015

Item # 35585 750mL

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

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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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From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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A petite and relatively obscure wine region in eastern France, between Burgundy and the Swiss border. Its geographical isolation has helped it to remain a rare bastion of traditional winemaking techniques, and today it produces some of the most distinctive wines in the world. Reds from the Jura are often light-bodied, earthy, berried, and reminiscent of the village wines of Burgundy (though here they are made of local grapes like Poulsard and Trousseau). The true specialty of the region,...

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