Region: Arbois, Jura
Farming and Terroir: Practicing Organic; Blue, red, and white limetone-clay marl soils; Hand-harvested
Winemaking: Basket-pressed; Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation is large foudre; Aged 8.5 years in neatral oak barrels
“Savagnin is the only grape permitted to be used in making the unique and exquisite Vin Jaune. To make a great wine of this type the Savagnin must be both high in sugar and high in acid. Special parcels within the village of Montigny Les Arsures (“Champs Mody”, “Les Sauvagny”, & “Les Loges”) have the potential to produce this hard-to-obtain combination. The Vin Jaune is not made every year. The Savagnin destined for the Vin Jaune must age in foudre at least 6 1/2 years but Puffeney usually waits 8 1/2 years to make a final determination as to whether the appropriate quality level has been reached. Those barrels that have not developed as Puffeney wishes are sometimes bottled as special cuvées of Savagnin, thus preserving only the very best and most promising barrels for later bottling as “Jaune”.
NOTE: the Vin Jaune is a dry wine! A meal constructed around the great “Jaune” from Puffeney is a special treat. In our experience, rare is the wine that has the persistence of flavor and ability to enrich and complement food as does a fine Vin Jaune from Jacques Puffeney – use this wine in preparing the cuisine as well – you will not regret it.” -Rosenthal Wine Merchant