Arbois 'Guille-Bouton' Chardonnay 2018
A Wine That
flexes its muscles at the start of the race, eyeing up its Burgundy opponents. It's a wine that doesn't just stand on par with fine Chardonnays from Burgundy and around the world, but one that stands on its own. Crunchy and saline, this really does taste how we'd imagine its limestone soils to taste. It is dense and full of flavour, but remains elegantly fresh. The mineral side of the wine stays on your tongue for an eternity, reminding us why Chardonnay is so often considered the king of white grapes. When made with care like this, there are few wines that can beat it.
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- Winemaker: Domaine des Cavarodes
Where and How?
This wine is created from the famous blue and grey marne limestone soils of the Arbois appellation in the Jura. The vineyard is tended biodynamically by Etienne.
The wine was fermented and aged for eighteen months in foudres, topped up, with no sulphur additions.
Etienne Thiebaud is the kind of person who looks as if he has been sculpted in a mythical parallel universe and somehow ended up on Planet Earth by mistake. Tall and sinewy, with model-like bone structure and dreadlocks down past his waist, he looks like a merman farmer. If we bumped into him on the street, we’d think we perhaps recognised him from our yoga class or a music festival we went to in the summer.
But he is not a yoga teacher or a DJ. He's a farmer, based in a sleepy village in the Jura, where he is creating some of the most sought-after naturally made wines in the world. From learning how to make wine in Burgundy, to working for the iconic Domaine de la Tournelle, Etienne set up his own winery in 2008, and has since been collecting new vineyards as he goes, and learning how to best express his parcels with every vintage.