Site: Southern Jura, just one-third of a hectare, calcareous marl, also very steeply sloped, a parcel that gives a wine very mineral, very saline.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay (locally called Melon d'Arbois) though for this cuvee, Henri refers to the grape as Melon à queue rouge, raising more questions than it answers!
Fermentation and Aging: The harvest is late in this northern appellation, as the grapes require plenty of time to ripen. After picking, the grapes go straight into the barrel: recent burgundy barrels, where they are fermented with their own yeast (no inoculation). The wines are aged on their fine lees until they are ready for bottling, then rest in the bottle until their release to the market.
Interesting to know: The vineyard is “Behind the rock” - and obviously made in incredibly small quantities. This cuvee shows more strength, more power, and it’s a completely different wine from the almost slight, elegant En Griffez.