Michel Gahier, Arbois Chardonnay 'Les Folasses'


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The grapes for Les Follasses, which grew on limestone and clay soils in the vineyard are manually harvested and sorted prior to pressing. The wine is made in the 'ouillé' style where the barrels are topped up during maturation so that the wine does not oxidise in the barrel. No sulphites are added to this wine at any stage. This is a fresh, lively Chardonnay that is typical of this style of wine from the Jura with just a hint of those oxidative qualities that Jura aficionados just can't get enough of.

MICHEL GAHIER, Arbois - Organic, natural
For a generation Michel Gahier and his family have been quietly working with some of the region’s most sought-after terroirs. Like a growing number of producers in the Jura he had 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.

Gahier is blessed to work with some great parcels of old vines from vineyard sites that inspire local legend. From the vineyard site “Grand Vergers” comes some of the Jura’s finest Trousseaus. The soils are heavier clay over limestone, not unlike those in a 1er cru of Burgundy, yet different from the blue marls of Pupillin that better suite Ploussard vines. Gahier’s wines are aged in a combination of acacia and American oak barrels with very little sulphur addition. Gahier is a disciple of Jacques Puffeney, and Michel is not only his neighbour, but was also Jacques’ pupil for a number of years.