Vignerons Les Matheny 2018 Trousseau, Arbois AOC
Item Number: 14728
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Trousseau
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
About the Wine: Sappier and deeper than the exceptional 2018 Poulsard, Emeric’s Trousseau is a brooding beast, bristling with energy and thickly textured. Its brash, iron-inflected nose erupts from the glass, with pitch-black, spice-drenched fruit battling for attention with the wine’s core of mineral-tinged black pepper. This is a structured, rugged wine that seems to demand cellar time, but the honest tannins are somehow charming despite their intensity. Like the Poulsard above, it is aged in well-worn oak, albeit of smaller capacity (500- and 600-liter demi-muids).
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.