Michel Gahier 2018 Chardonnay, Lou, Arbois AOC
Item Number: 15780
Sub Region: Jura
Appellation/AVA: Arbois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Tasting Notes: Lou is a new cuvée for Michel, from 45-year-old Chardonnay vines in Montigny-lès-Arsures he recently acquired from his brother-in-law. Like Les Crêts, it spends two years in demi-muids and is kept topped up, but Lou displays more fruit-driven heft and lurking mineral power.
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