Vignerons Les Matheny 2012 '6 Ans Sous Voile' Chardonnay, Arbois AOC

Vignerons Les Matheny 2012 '6 Ans Sous Voile' Chardonnay, Arbois AOC

Item Number: 12413

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Jura
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Harvest: Manual
Fined: No
Filtered: Lightly

Emeric and Elise conducted an experiment on a particularly hardy parcel of old vine Chardonnay from Montigny-les-Arsures (Puffeney’s home village, known affectionately as “The Capital of Trousseau”) in the 2012 vintage, letting it evolve in a 600-liter barrel for a full six years without topping it up at all. The result—which had only been in bottle a month when we tasted it—is startling in its intensity, a wine that stares you directly in the eye and dares you to blink. A full-on oxidative twang permeates the whole affair, yet so much else is taking place that it still feels like a backdrop: grilled pineapple, apple tart, and pork broth, all doused in salt—and, interestingly, a subtle note reminiscent of extended-lees-aged Champagne. Immense acidity and lift infuse everything with crackling electricity. This is the kind of wine that could only come from the Jura—a place where mindful negligence yields poetry.