2014TournelleTrousseau2014 Domaine de la Tournelle-Evelyne et Pascal Clairet, Trousseau des Corvees, Vins du Jura a Arbois Rouge, France.
The Clairet’s, both consulting winemakers in their own right, created Domaine de la Tournelle in 1991 and have followed the path of biodynamic and natural wines at their tiny estate in Arbois, making classic Jura offerings from native varietals using massale selections. These wines almost always have no added sulfur to showcase the absolute purity of their Jura terroir, the vines are all hand tended on ancient soils, mostly clay, grey Marl and limestone, and while they make a semi-oxidized Savagnin and Vin Jaune, they focus on fresher and vibrant wines from Ploussard, Chardonnay, Savagnin and this glorious and wonderfully detailed Trousseau. The 2014 Trousseau des Corvees shows bright intensity with ruby hues and a delicate mix of earth, spice and floral notes on the nose with tart cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruits filling out on the medium weight palate, it is darker than the ultra pale Ploussard and has more richness of mouth feel, even though both of the Domaine de la Tournelle reds are excellent and worth exploring, I found the Trousseau more interesting and entertaining, it has many layers to enjoy and gives an array of subtle elements in the background that includes touches of lavender, dried roses, basil/herbs, gravel and loamy forest floor. Evelyne and Pascal Clairet are a talented pair to be certain and you should search out their wines, these wines speak of the region with grace, texture and highlight the unique character of this place, in particular this Trousseau is a lovely expression, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, and maybe longer!
($38 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive

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