Domaine Rolet, L'Etoile Blanc 2020
This elegant Chardonnay is a great introduction to a wine from that region as it's similar to a white Burgundy (Chardonnay) and it's not oxidised (like other wines from this particular region). The wine is aged in big oak barrels which makes this wine complex, retaining an amazing acidity and freshness. Golden color, notes of dried fruits, almonds and halzenuts, the palate is textural and good acidity remained.
The term "Etoile" refers to the tiny fossilles we can find in those vineyards, which has the star shape.
In conversion to organics.
Variety - Chardonnay
Country - France
Region - Arbois, Jura
Extra - Cork
Year - 2020
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!