2019 Domaine Ratte Grand Curoulet Chardonnay11727
WINEMAKER: Michel-Henri & Françoise Ratte
REGION: Jura, FR
From a single vineyard plot in AOC Arbois of biodynamic and demeter certified 80 year old vines. Grand Curoulet is very unique terroir of fosilised clay soils from the jurassic period on which Chardonnay thrives. Harvest by hand and whole bunch slow hydraulic press into stainless steel for wild fermentation. Upbringing in old oak barrels from Meursault and bottled the following year without filtration or fining and sulphur only at bottling.
Quite reserved right now, primary lemon and some ammonia reduction. It's really juicy with lip-smacking acidity that drives a long finish perfect for a creamy chicken and mushroom dish.
In the town of Arbois, you will find the small Domaine run by husband and wife team Michel-Henri and Françoise Ratte. Vineyards have been in Françoise family for generations but they have always been under the shackles of a fruitier, selling their fruit under contract until now. In 2015 they broke free, not an easy feat considering you are usually signed for life here, and started making wine for themselves from some of the best terroirs in Arbois.