Domaine Rolet, Arbois Blanc Savagnin Ouille 2021
The Savagnin grape (also called Nature) is native to the iconic Jura region.
Savagnin Ouille, meaning ‘topped up'.
This Cuvee is vinified partly in oak barrels (topped up - so not oxidised) and partly in vats. Lack of oxidation allows the full, aromatic fruit-forwardness of Savagnin to push through, showing gorgeous flavors of white fruit, flowers, and earth spice .It has a powerful aromatic bouquet with notes of vanilla and spice due to the wood. This encompasses a typical vivacious minerality. A great wine to pair with white meats, cheese and creamy sauce dishes.
If you haven't yet tried a white wine from Jura, this is a great introduction.
In conversion to organics.
Variety - Savagnin
Country - France
Region - Arbois, Jura
Extra - Cork
Year - 2021
Volume - 750ml
I would have thought 1942 would’ve been an interesting time to start a winemaking venture in Jura…but for Monsieur Desiré Rolet the timing was perfect! The vinous journey he started has morphed into an an institution. In 1958 his four children joined the Domaine, subsequently expanding their holdings through the purchase of old vineyards across Arbois and Cotes du Jura. Rolet grow Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir.
The Domaine follows an organic path and uses ploughing extensively. Soils are quite varied and complex. The Domaine matches plantings to soils types - here the Trousseau is from the plot "en Levrin" that’s located north of Montigny-les-Arsures. Here the vines grow in the gray marl soils of the Lias (marine limestones, shales, marls and clays). In 2018 Cedric Ducote took over the reins, and has since doubled down on their organic pursuits.
This is a great source of wine that faithfully represents the terroir and ethos of the Jura!