Cuvée des Docteurs, 2018, Jura

Cuvée des Docteurs, 2018, Jura

Lucien Aviet & Fils

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Region: Montigny-les-Arsures, Arbois, Jura, France
Grape: Melon à Queue Rouge (Chardonnay's cooler cousin)
Average age of vines: 50 years
Farming: Organic, biodynamic
Soil type: Clay marl
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: 100% de-stemmed, fermentation by indigenous yeasts
Ageing: 18 months in foudre, on lees
Winemaker(s): Vincent Aviet

Returning from the Algerian war in 1960 when many growers in the region opted to plant chardonnay, Lucien Aviet went against the trend by planting mainly Trousseau à La Dame (an old low-yielding strain) and some Savagnin from excellent rootstock. His hunch paid off and the Aviet domaine, now run by Lucien's son  Vincent, is renowned for producing some of the the finest Trousseau in the whole Jura.

This is a rare example of Melon à Queue Rouge (translated: "grape with red stem"), an ancient strain of Chardonnay (here from 50 year old vines) grown by only three top producers in Arbois and Montigny. Aged in old foudres for 18 months and topped up, this has a pale gold colour with a mouthfeel of fine white Burgundy, restrained citrus fruit and spice aromas and a very saline finish.