Michel Gahier 2018 Chardonnay, Les Crets, Arbois AOC
Item Number: 15769
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Crets
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Red limestone-clay marl
Tasting Notes: From Chardonnay planted in soils of marne rouge (which contain more iron than marne blanche), Les Crêts possesses a deeper and more saline personality than Les Follasses. Though it is also topped up during its two-year passage in 400-liter barrels, Les Crêts displays the layered character and the endlessly ringing finish more commonly associated with wines aged under veil.
Winemaking Notes: Gahier tends six and a half hectares of old vines in Montigny-les-Arsures—a village in Arbois known locally as "the capital of Trousseau." Without bluster or fanfare, Michel works his vineyards completely organically, and he vinifies, ages, and bottles his wines without any additions whatsoever—no yeast, no sulfites, no nothing. While his wines can be somewhat ornery soon after bottling—their wild spirits lashing out at the artificial prison of 750 milliliters, perhaps—they transform within six or eight months into some of the most pure, aesthetically electrifying expressions of Jurassien soils that can be found.
Fermentation: Spontaneous in neutral oak foudres
Aging: 12-18 months in 25-hl foudres followed by 24 months in 400-liter neutral oak demi-muids with topping up