Les Matheny, Arbois Chardonnay
Les Matheny, Arbois Chardonnay

Les Matheny, Arbois Chardonnay

Jura, France 2019 (750mL)
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Les Matheny, Arbois Chardonnay

There is a shortlist of top producers who seem to have “cracked the code” in Jura by releasing outstanding, world-class wine every vintage: Houillon-Overnoy, Jacques Puffeney (recently retired; vines now leased by Domaine du Pélican), Jean-François Ganevat, Michel Gahier—these are names that sommeliers and collectors fight over every release, and we believe Les Matheny is quickly scaling this fabled ivory tower. 


This 2019 from Les Matheny is pure, classic, highest-quality Jura Chardonnay. It couldn’t be anything else. It pours a deep, deep yellow-gold in the glass with flashes of green and takes its time releasing an intoxicating array of aromas. A skilled touch of (encouraged) oxidation throughout the wines three-year élevage in barrel delivers brooding notes of bruised pear, quince, overripe pineapple, yellow and green apples, marzipan, preserved Meyer lemon, crushed almonds, fino sherry, honeycomb, crushed river stone, exotic baking spice, and damp acacia. On the palate, a textural masterpiece unfolds. 

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France

Bourgogne

Beaujolais

Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France

Bordeaux

Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France

Alsace

Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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