Côtes du Jura "Les Clous" Rouge (Poulsard)

LAigle_Les-Clous-Vin-Rouge-label-100.jpgWinery: Domaine L'Aigle à deux Têtes
Vincelles, Jura, France
Appellation:  Côtes du Jura
Designation: AOC

From the vineyard “Les Clous”, considered by Henri to be a Grand Cru. The vineyard is planted both to Savagnin and to Poulsard, and the Savagnin was not replanted after phylloxera; therefore the vines are exceptionally old. Exposition is perfectly south. Meager soils and blue and gray marles give the grapes fantastic minerality.

Grapes: 100% Poulsard – a local grape giving red wines so lacking in color they are simply called Rosé by the locals.

Fermentation and Aging: The hand picked grapes are destemmed, fermented in fiberglass tanks for as little as 4 days to 2 weeks, then racked into barriques from Burgundy.

Interesting to know: Though the potential is for 3600 bottles form this parcel, the actual production is often much less, thanks to the exacting standards and strict sorting employed by Henri; for example, the 2011 vintage produced just 900 bottles. Poulsard is a very hard to ripen grape, and prone to reduction. When it is good, it shows beautiful fruit and minerality.

Vintage: 2012