jamie goode's wine blog: Trying to find the right wine: Arbois

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Trying to find the right wine: Arbois

Had a funny wine evening. Opened four bottles before I could find something I wanted to drink. A Bordeaux that was just blah, a Californian that was sweet and confected, a South African that was clumsily oaked and 15.5% alcohol, and then finally a lovely Arbois. It's the 2002 Cuvee des Geologues from Lucien Aviet (Les Caves de Pyrene c. £13). It's light in colour, with real elegance. I love the sweet, smoothly textured, silky cherry fruit with a subtly earthy, sappy savoury edge. It's a light, expressive sort of wine, but with enough richness and depth to make it a good match for all but the most intense of dishes.



At 11:03 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

One doesn't see people talking about the wine of the Jura often! Let alone the rouge. I had a great Domaine Tissot "Singulier" 2005 (no sulfur). Stéphane Tissot is doing some really interesting stuff in Jura.

Incidentally, the Percée de Vin Jaune is next week -- the annual Vin Jaune festival of the Jura. Good timing!

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous james gourlay said...

What a great wine from a great winegrower! Aviet's 2008 vintage has suffered exteremly badly from difficult weather conditions, which is a tragedy... You'll be lucky to see any... A definite "buy-on-sight" wine, and, if ever you have the opportunity, I'd recommend that you buy on site as well.

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... sounds good. I have a 2002 Savagnin lurking somwhere :-)

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

I've been intrigued by this wine for a long time - thanks for uncorking it without me having to (quite yet).

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

James - alas, there will not be a single bottle of 08 Trousseau made (hail) and all the 07 has been already reserved for the private customer market in France.

Until 2010 this is an ex Trousseau...


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