Arbois Chardonnay 'Les Follasses' Michel Gahier, Jura, 2016 Organic
Michel Gahier, Arbois
For a generation Michel Gahier and his family have been quietly working with some of the region’s most sought-after terroirs. The Gahiers have lived in Montigny-les-Arsures, just outside of Arbois, since the 16thcentury, and the family domaine dates back to 1874. Michel is the first of his family to bottle wine. He currently owns 7.5 ha of vines, farmed organically.
Like a growing number of producers in the Jura, Michel decided to make vin naturel rather than a homogenized, uniform style of wine as he feels it’s the best way to express his grapes and land. Blessed to work with some great parcels of old vines from vineyard sites that inspire local legend, Michel works the soil with three horses and plants native cover crops between the vines (“the earth chooses the plants it wants”).
From the vineyard site “Grand Vergers” comes one of the Jura’s finest Trousseaus. The soils are heavier clay over limestone, yet different from the blue marls of Pupillin that better suit Ploussard vines. Michael’s wines are aged in a combination of acacia and American oak barrels with very little sulphur addition.
This wine reflects the classical hazelnut and honeyed quality of the best of the whites from the region. Typically, it is quite full-bodied but carries a significant level of acidity that makes the wine particularly age-worthy.
Grape: 100% Chardonnay