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Michel Gahier

Michel Gahier La Fauquette Arbois Blanc 2016

$54.99

zero-zero
no added sulfur
organic

Country: France

Region: Jura

Type: White Wine

Grape: Chardonnay

The Gahier family has been in the Jura region since 1525. The family domaine is 6.5 hectares with the vineyards concentrated in the village of Montigny-les-Arsures, the place recognized as the home of Trousseau. Michel Gahier's skills and sensibility that produce undeniably outstanding wines that clearly express the very particular terroir of this part of the Jura.

Gahier harvests and vinifies his wines parcel by parcel. Each wine comes exclusively from a single vineyard site. The farming is organic and and the yields are quite low. Michel vinifies, ages, and bottles his wines without filtration or any additions whatsoever—no yeast, no sulfites, no nothing.

This cuvée, from a single vineyard in Montigny, is aged for one year in large foudres at which point it is then racked into smaller barrel for an additional three years “sous voile”. While it is called Chardonnay, the vines are of the local variety known as “Melon Queue Rouge”, a white grape the skin color of which bleeds towards red as it approaches the stem. 

La Fauquette (from soils of marne bleu) spends four years in 400-liter barrels without being topped up. Despite the marked influence of the voile, it is the most elegant of Gahier’s whites: viscerally salty and rich, but with the finesse of great Corton-Charlemagne. Michel is able to express both purity and laser-focus in a this wine, which manages to retain its appealing wildness. 

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