2020 Domaine des Cavarodes Arbois Poulsard de Chemenot11885
WINEMAKER: Etienne Thiebaud
REGION: Jura, FR
This wine is made from grapes grown in the Chemenot vineyard near Arbois. It has overtones of all sorts of berry fruit including blackberries, strawberries and raspberries and a colour to match. There is also a hint of pomegranate at the end which gives a sensation of mild bitterness that we crave. It displays good minerality and vibrant energy which is a result of the organic and biodynamic treatment of the soils. This is a lovely wine that can be enjoyed by itself but which will not overpower delicate foods. We think it is best to serve this wine just slightly chilled to highlight both the texture and flavour of the wine. This wine was bottled without being fined or filtered or having any sulphites added.
Etienne Thiebaud commenced making his own wine at Domaine des Cavarodes in the village of Cramans in the northern part of the Jura in 2007. He makes wines of amazing purity which reflect the terroir from which they come on either side of the Loue River and across to Arbois. He only has 4.5 hectares of vines (ranging in age from 15 to 115 years old) which he farms organically but produces many cuvees from these small holdings. The wines are made as naturally as possible with the reds undergoing semi-carbonic maceration following careful de-stemming and maturation in old barrels. Key vineyards are Lumachelles which is in the commune of Mouchard just north of Arbois (where he has Chardonnay and Trousseau), Guille Bouton in Arbois (where he has Chardonnay) and Les Messagelins which is also in Arbois (where he has Trousseau).