Selected the 'First Royal Vineyard of France' in the year 630, Château d'Arlay has remained in the Laguiche family since the 12th century. Before that time it was owned, at different times, by the Kings of France, Spain and England. These are among a few key reasons why the Château is registered a National Monument. It isn't only the history buffs coming by every year to visit, however. The Laguiche family knows a thing or two about winemaking...(see also: Montrachet). Count Alain de Laguiche has been at the helm of Château d'Arlay since the early 1980s after taking over for his father, Count Renaud de Laguiche. Today, Alain produces a tremendous lineup of Jurassic wines from their nearly 50 acres of vineyards located just outside the château's walls. Interested in keeping things traditional, Alain has kept his lineup of wines easy to follow, even for Côte du Jura!
One of the last, if not THE last, Jura wineries producing a 'Corail' (Coral) style wine from all five Jura varietals (Red: Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau. White: Savagnin, Chardonnay), Alain will tell you that a
century ago the overwhelming majority of wines produced were 'Corail' with very few reds and whites to be found.
Château d’Arlay’s history reaches back over 1,000 years and is one of, if not THE, wineries in Europe that has remained in the same family lineage since it’s creation. It has never been sold or abandoned. Today the winery exploits 25 hectares of all south-facing vines that include Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard for the reds and Chardonnay and Savagnin for the whites. Arlay’s site is rich in Jurassic soils like Sinemurian, Blue Lias and Gray Marne. While Château d’Arlay is well known for their Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille and MacVins they are best known in the Jura as having the greatest terroir for Pinot Noir in all of the region.
At Château d’Arlay it is common to say that is it Arlay being produced and not just ordinary Côtes du Jura! Count Alain de Laguiche and his wife Anne (a native of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) run the chateau and winery today and have brought the Arlay name to the greatest heights in the history of the Château!
Gold in appearance. On the nose is dried apricots, caramel, crushed walnuts and a hint of vanilla. On the palate lemon, fennel, white pepper, bread dough, walnuts, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla. Medium finish. Reminiscent of a dry sherry.
Pairs with poultry in sauce, hard cheese and exotic cuisine.
Organic farming, certification in progress. Sustainable.
Bottling date 2021.
Wine of the Month for September 2022