Domaine Rolet Pere et Fils
“[Domaine Rolet] is run with astonishing meticulousness and care by the four Rolet siblings (Pierre and Elaine, plus winemaker Guy and vineyard manager Bernard). …it proves that family ownership at its best is unbeatable for creating the very highest levels of viticultural achievement. Fully ripe grapes, brilliantly judged use of wood, and delicate use, too, of controlled oxidation to create what Guy calls “une petite inflection noisette” (“a little hazelnut nose”) are all hallmarks of the domaine’s wines, the consistency of which is impressive for such a cool-climate vineyard region.” -Andrew Jefford, The New France
In an area dominated by negoçiants, the Rolet family farms and bottles their own wine across three AOCs: Arbois, Côtes du Jura and L’Étoile. The family grows a wide variety of grapes traditional to the area: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau, Pinot Noir. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and hand harvested.
The Jura is located to the east of the Côte d’Or, and this area is dominated by the forested Jura Mountains and provides a geographical measure of detachment that allowed certain traditional wine styles and grapes to persist in the region. The vineyards of this region (generally on the lower slopes of the mountains and generally at an elevation of 200 to 400 meters), rests on Jurassic limestone (with plenty of fossils) and marl with clay along the lowest sites.
The vineyard farms sustainably:
– The soil is plough under the vines,
– Herbs are planted inter-row to limit the erosion and compete with the vines
– sprays and treatments are not on a set schedule, only when needed (also reduces tractor use)
– Hard harvested across 3 to 4 weeks in September/October with 80 people full time
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