2014 Joseph Dorbon Ploussard Vieilles Vignes Arbois Rouge
From the importer: "Joseph Dorbon was referred to us from our good friend Michel Gahier. Dorbon initiated his work as vigneron in 1996. He works three hectares of vineyards situated in his village of Vadans, six kilometers north of Arbois and across the Route Nationale from the fabled town of Montigny-les-Arsures (where both Gahier and Puffeney are located). The vines are hillside plantings, southeast facing, at approximately 1,000 feet of altitude (322 meters). Dorbon works his vineyards following the best ecological practices and is now recognized as on the path to organic classification ("en conversion biologique"). The vineyards are planted to a mix of Trousseau, Ploussard and Pinot Noir for the reds (30%) and Chardonnay and Savagnin (70% for the whites). All grapes are hand harvested. The reds are each vinified separately after being destemmed. The Ploussard is an earthy but vibrant red with the classic faded rose color of this intriguing grape; from old vines, it offers seductive red cherry fruit which overlays a hint of the "sous bois". Fermented with native yeast, aged in stainless steel for one year and bottled unfiltered.