Etienne Thiebaud commenced making his own wine at Domaine des Cavarodes in the village of Cramans in the northern part of the Jura in 2007. He makes wines of amazing purity which reflect the terroir from which they come on either side of the Loue River and across to Arbois.
He only has 4.5 hectares of vines (ranging in age from 15 to 115 years old) which he farms organically but produces many cuvees from these small holdings. The wines are made as naturally as possible with the reds undergoing semi-carbonic maceration following careful de-stemming and maturation in old barrels.
The Ostrea Virgula is Etienne Thibaud’s most exciting wine. This beautiful topped-up Savagnin was fermented and aged in a vat for one year before being transferred to old barrels to further develop the wonderful aromas and flavours that typify this wine. You will notice the stonefruit, kumquat, orange and herb aromas and the very long, lingering finish of this wine. The name of the cuvée, Ostrea Virgula, is a nod to the Jurassic marine shell fossil component of the soil in this vineyard.