Domain: Château d'Arlay
At the heart of a region with the greatest variety of wine imaginable (dry and sweet wine, sparkling cuvées, vins jaunes, vins de paille, macvin…) blossoms a Château that has built up its age-old reputation on the back of its legendary Pinot Noir production. Its secret? A 22-hectare terroir with a single owner, biodynamic growing, and a penchant for adaptation and innovation. Welcome to Château d’Arlay.
Regarded as the oldest winemaking château in France, Château d’Arlay has, in the past, been home to Minim friars and the Countess of Lauragais to name just a couple. In 1960, the Count of Laguiche decided that the château should make wine once again like it used to in the Middle-Ages. Today, his son Alain is in charge of the venture. Alain has a very modern approach to vinifications but chooses a more traditional style when it comes to the ageing of the wines. The wines are matured in the magnificent cellars of the Château that date back to the 17th century. There are around 25 hectares of vines that are planted to Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savignin. The vines are situated on slopes at an altitude of 200 to 240 metres. Some of the vines are relatively old, planted in 1953. This domain has an organic approach but does not possess certification. One of the icons of the Jura, the wines of Château d’Arlay are a must try!