Vignerons Les Matheny 2018 Poulsard, Arbois AOC
Item Number: 14727
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Poulsard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
About the Wine: Much Jura Poulsard is pale, pleasant, and relatively unassuming; not so with Les Matheny’s. Emeric Foléat employs a long three-week maceration, seeking to express the variety’s rarely exposed depths in bold fashion, much like Puffeney before him. Aged 18 months in a single 30-year-old foudre, the succulent 2018—from vines planted in 1943—is packed with black cherry, licorice, and Indian spices, with an underlay of soil-driven funk and a bright, persistent finish.
About the Estate: Few in the region are as talented as Emeric Foléat of the tiny Les Matheny domaine in Arbois. Emeric worked for eight years under the legendary Jacques Puffeney, who taught him the ultimate value in embracing risk and trusting the quality of his fruit to do its thing in the cellar without coercion. Emeric farms three hectares in Arbois without the use of synthetic chemicals and raises his wines in a small cinder block shed devoid of modern gadgetry. Minute additions of sulfites, and even then only sometimes, are the only adjustments he makes to his bold, assertive, deeply personal creations—wines that embody the exhilarating freedom Jura growers enjoy compared to many of their peers in more buttoned-up regions.