Arbois Vin Jaune Domaine de la Tournelle 2004

Vin Jaune Domaine de la Tournelle
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A special treat

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Golden, Complex, Salty

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Arbois Vin Jaune Domaine de la Tournelle biodynamic, 100% Savagnin, aged 7 years under flor yeast.  There are no added sulphites.  The wine is rich, elegant, salty, minerally, incredibly complex, a rare wine of outstanding beauty and freshness. When you taste these mythical wines from the Jura, you know instantly you are in the presence of greatness. None more so than the Vin Jaune produced by Pascal and Evelyne at Domaine de La Tournelle. They are truly stunning Exilirs, rich and savoury yet so precise and after nearly 18 years ageing, the 2004 is still a baby. These are wines for the very special occasions. The Arbois Vin Jaune wines are not cheap but when you examine the process that goes into making them, you can at least in part understand where that cost comes from. Very low yields from labour intensive vines, rigorous selection at harvest and 7 years of ageing before sale, that is expensive indeed. The wine is stunning, have with Jura cheeses only.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine De La Tournelle
Country France
Region Jura, France
Vintage 2004
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Savagnin
Terroir gravel and early Jurassic limestone gravel rich clay soils
Alcohol 13% abv
Maturation 7 years under flor yeast in barrels
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Decades rather than years

Evelyne Clairet owns 7 hectares in the region around Arbois, the famous wine growing capital of the Jura.

She farms biodynamically and follows Maria Thun's calender in all the operations.  At Tournelle they tend to use no sulphur at bottling, but sometimes add 2 or 3 grams per litre earlier in the wine making. Unlike many Jura producers, they are looking in general to avoid oxygen in most of their wines to keep the freshness of the fruit. Their wines are a combination of golden Chardonnay fruit and Jura minerals. They are linear and precise and have the most incredible texture of any Chardonnay we have tasted. Top Burgundy wines sell for incredible prices.  But in terms of quality, complexity and sheer pleasure in drinking, we have not come across many Chardonnay that rival the wines of Domaine de la Tournelle.  Their Savagnin is also of outstanding quality, and they make some fascinating and unique reds.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Arbois Vin Jaune Domaine de la Tournelle 2004