Michel Gahier | Natural wine | Arbois | Jura | Vin Jaune | France

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Michel Gahier
Natural wine

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Michel Gahier lives in the centre of the village of Montigny-les-Arsures which lies near the central Jura town of Arbois. The reason this is significant is that Montigny is regarded as the finest terroir for the Trousseau grape in the Jura. When we first tasted his wines we were very excited by their purity and their minerality.
Michel tends 6 hectares of vines of which 3 hectares are given over to Trousseau and the remainder is split between Chardonnay and Savagnin.
His Trousseau wines are delicate and delicious and have a strong backbone with the Grands Vergers being a standout wine. The whites are mostly Chardonnay which also thrives in this small area of the appellation. The white wines are classic expressions of Jura winemaking.
And we are delighted that he also makes a Vin Jaune that wonderful, oxidised, concentrated wine that is held in such reverence in France. A sip of Vin Jaune and a bite of Comté cheese is a food and wine pairing like no other.

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