Domaine Ligier Arbois Poulsard 2017  Front Label
Domaine Ligier Arbois Poulsard 2017  Front Label

Domaine Ligier Arbois Poulsard 2017

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    The Poulsard is one of three red grape varieties used in the Jura vineyards in Appellation Arbois and Côtes du Jura . It is cultivated only in the Revermont (including the Bugey vineyard) where it particularly likes strong, marly or clay soils. This very nice ovoid grapes grapes with thin film, little color, contains little tannin. It is vinified like a red wine and gives a clear ruby color. Its structure is light and fruity: currant, raspberry, morello cherry.

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    Located in the picturesque green Arbois hillsides just north of Revermont, the domaine currently owns 10 hectares—8 part of AOP Arbois in the communes of Arbois and Villette les Arbois, and 2 part of AOP Côtes du Jura in the commune of Buvilly. All of these vineyards sit on hillsides, with soils that are a combination of different marls, tirassic clay and calcareous scree. As elsewhere in the Jura, those on Bajocian cliff scree and lias clay are considered the best vineyards. The vineyards are planted to roughly a third each of Chardonnay, Savagnin and the local red varietals (Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir), and they always try to match the varietal with its favorite soil type for a true expression of their terroir. Harvests are always done manually, and a tri-level selection is performed, in an attempt to bring to the winery only the finest grapes their vineyards have to offer. In 2002 the domaine built its own chai where these grapes can be gently vinified and then aged (whether in stainless steel or oak barrels).
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    On the foothills of the Jura Mountains, just east of the Cote de Beaune on the Switzerland border, the Jura wine-producing zone is recognized for its unique reds, as well as its particular and diverse styles of whites.

    Though borrowed from their neighbor Burgundy, Chardonnay and Pinot noir have been growing in Jura since the Middle Ages. But here the altitude, topography, climate and clay-rich, marl soils support a different style of Pinot noir, not to mention its other deeply-colored, full-bodied indigenous reds, Poulsard and Trousseau.

    Considering area under vine, growers here favor Chardonnay for its consistency and reliability; it comprises almost half of Jura's vineyard acreage. However, Jura Chardonnay is anything but boring; its many offbeat styles are part of what make region’s wines so distinctive. It is used for Cremant (sparkling), Macvin (a fortified wine), as well as fine examples at the quality level of Burgundy.

    Jura also has a unique oxidative style for Chardonnay but is better recognized for its similarly-styled “vin jaune,” meaning ‘yellow wine,’ which is made from the indigenous variety, Savagnin. Vin jaune is made using techniques similar to those used to make Sherry.

    For all of its wines, Jura favors a traditional, natural and often organic style in viticulture and winemaking.

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    Though rare, Poulsard is a valuable delicately-hued red variety of the Jura, often used for still rosé, Crémant du Jura rosé and the semi-sweet sparkling cru Cerdon of Bugey. Poulsard also adds finesse to blends with Trousseau and Pinot Noir. Somm Secret—Poulsard works well as a little color boost to the vin de paille of Jura, a sweet white wine style made by drying grapes on straw mats.

    CNLCNS_441_2017 Item# 549928

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