2012 Joseph Dorbon "Cuvée des Moyne" Arbois Blanc (Sous Voile)
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 soil is worked, turned effectively twice a year, the second time in June with the aid of a horse. Vegetation is essentially left in between the vineyard rows with the weeding done only underneath and immediately around the individual vines. The "Cuvée des Moyne" is the "special" cuvée of the domaine. It is a blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Savagnin (20%) with both being co-fermented; the wine spends 30 months sous voile; another old vines bottling, in this case a blend of grapes of 40 to 70 years of age.