Arbois Trousseau de Messagelin 2018
A Wine That
will blow your socks off, leaving you wondering why you're not drinking Trousseau every day. It might be delicate to look at, with its transparent ruby red colour, but it's so full of energy and aromas that you'll be left questioning how delicacy can create such power. Tangy raspberries and bramble fruit are joined by a darker earthy side, mentally transporting you to the deep inner life of a forest.
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- Winemaker: Domaine des Cavarodes
Where and How?
In the Arbois appellation of the Jura, the Messagelin vineyard sits on marne soils with glacial moraine deposits. It can be a hot site with southwesterly exposure, so is often the first to be harvested, but Etienne explains that the clay-heavy marne soils always give the wines distinct freshness.
The grapes were destemmed with a very gentle maceration, and the wine was was aged for eight months. Fermented and aged without 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.