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.
Arlay Castle is an entirely family-owned estate which is devoted to developing traditional wines capable of ageing, where all the soil characteristics can express themselves with elegance. Our estate is considered to be the oldest wine-growing chateau in France, dating from 1070 which is proved by the archives kept there. In other respects, Arlay has always been handed down by legitimate inheritance from its foundation until today. A very rare event in Europe!
By virtue of its position in the roots of the wine industry, it forms part of the reputation of the great wines of France and this has often earned it the title of a top Jura vineyard (”grand cru du Jura”). It stands as a brand of tradition and quality as much in France as abroad. This is emphasized by a unique emblematic labeling of our bottles which has remained unchanged since 1917.
This wine is created by macerating and co-fermenting all of the red (Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard) and white (Chardonnay, Savagnin) grape varieties of the Jura, which comes from a local tradition that has all but disappeared. The vineyards face due south, on a very rich soil made up of grey marl with limestone rolled stones. After vinification, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 4 years before bottling.
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.
Organic farming, certification in progress. Sustainable.
Wine of the Month for September 2022
$4/2 oz. pour