2016 AOC Arbois 'La Cabane'
Ploussard from 30 year old vines. Grapes de-stemmed by hand to prevent the berries from breaking, so that the fermentation starts with whole berries. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank. Maceration for 18 days, then pressed with pneumatic press. Malolactic fermentation and maturation also takes place in stainless steel tank.
16 was a great year. Medium in colour, not too light, not too dark. Serve slightly chilled - I prefer it this way, but it's up to you. Crushed wild strawberries, orange bitters, morello cherries. No Jura funk to speak of. Quite bright and very perfumed. Hints of baking spice. Nicely developed. Texture quite full and juicy, nice super fine tannin structure, sweet red berry fruit, and a nice hint of bitterness to add to the complexity. Alc well balanced, and acidity medium. Good grip. Finishes with a hint of bitter orange. Fresh and smashable, but with considerable depth and complexity as far as ploussards go. Nose becomes very expressive with time, and I love the supple texture.