Marne Rouge, 2019, Jura
Lucien Aviet & Fils
Region: Montigny-les-Arsures, Arbois, Jura, France
Average age of vines: 35 years
Farming: Organic, biodynamic
Soil type: Clay marl
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: 100% destemmed and macerated on skins & pits for 3 weeks, with daily remontage
Ageing: 12 months in foudre
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 finest Trousseau in the whole Jura.
Marne Rouge is one such Trousseau made from 35 year old vines grown in grey marl. Vinified and aged for 12 months in foudre, it's beautifully supple in texture with great balance and has profound depth of fruit with a nice floral lift on the finish. Superb now but with a long road ahead.
Lucien noted that this particular cuvée goes 'viande' after 5-6 years in bottle, referring to the developed and enticing meaty flavours. For drinking now through 2030.