2011 Domaine Dugois Savagnin Arbois Blanc (Sous Voile)

SKU #1221900 Jancis Robinson

 100% Savagnin. Oxidative. Three and a half years’ ageing without topping up. Pungently if lightly oxidised on the nose. Not heavy at all. Not a bad price for a wine with this much character. Quince and lots to chew on. (JR)  (5/2015)

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In 1973, Daniel Dugois bought 2 hectares of vineyard and a house equipped with wine cellars in a village called Les Arsures, where he was born. He cultivated the vineyard and sold his production primarily to Henri Maire, one of the most prominent producers in Jura at that time. In 1982, Daniel made his first harvest in his own cellars and began to sell his wines to consumers. His first ever harvest earned him his first Gold Medal for his Chardonnay at the Jura Wine Contest. Daniel and his wife Monique have continued to work on the quality of their wines and their efforts have since been recognized in many wine contests and guidebook reviews. In 2003, their son Philippe returned to the estate to lend a hand in the winemaking and in 2013 he took charge of the vineyard. The Savagnin is grown on red marl, limestone and dolomitic rock. Fermentation begins with naturally occurring yeasts. After the wine finishes regular and malo-lactic fermentations the wine is aged "sous voile" which means it is aged in barrel under a layer of yeast and is never topped off. The wine is checked twice per year and if the yeast begins to die off, the wine is bottled as this Savagnin. The wine has many similarities to the Fino Sherries of Jerez with its aromas of walnuts, curry spices and roasted apple aromas. Perfect to pair with poultry, cream sauces and exotic dishes.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
This is a traditional-style Jura wine that is aged for three years under the veil. It has the same nutty Oloroso notes that are present more intensely in the Vin Jaune, but is lighter and more refreshing. The richness is balanced out well by a bright acidity, and its complexity evolves with decanting time.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
This is classic Savagnin made Sous Voile, or "under the veil" style. The wine is aged for a few years without topping up, allowing a thin veil of yeast to develop on the surface of the wine. This imparts wonderful Fino Sherry-like characteristics. Loads of lemony, citrus fruit with notes of roasted walnuts make this a lovely aperitif with some Spanish tapas or an even better foil for Japanese foods.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2015 | Send Email
Aromas of yellow fruits, particularly loquats, along with that lovely oxidative and flor quality, lead to a convincing palate of first rate sous voile Arbois Blanc! Wonderfully savory, chicken bouillon accented citrus flavors on the palate. This traditional Jura white truly satisfies!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2015 | Send Email
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If you are looking for a traditionally styled Arbois at a bargain price, this one is for you! It has an almond, dry sherry nose in the Fino style. The almonds carry over onto the palate with browned sugar in the background and the usual lemony citrus notes. Simply wonderful! Would still be good even in the $50.00 range. Arbois lovers take note of this fantastic price! Pay attention in the upcoming months! Our Arbois selection is about to take off!

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