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Semaine 16 Les Trouillots, Valentin Morel 2017
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After earning a degree in international law, Valentin decided that he would prefer to make wine, and so travelled to Alsace to learn winemaking, where he was influenced by producers like Bruno Schueller and Pierre Frick. In 2014, he took over the family domain and quickly introduced TCS (simplified cultivation techniques) in the vineyard. Valentin is looking after 6 ha of vineyards, Chardonnay and Savagnin for the white grapes, Pinot, Trousseau and Poulsard for reds. Soils here are typically Jurassic soil composed of Triassic Marne (marl). Valentin's vines are on average 40 to 45 years old except from the Bois d'Arnaux vineyard. The Bois d'Arnaux is a younger plot planted by Valentin, with massale selection cuttings from Philippe Bornard for the Poulsard, and Savagnin from Julien Labet. Minimum intervention in the cellar is a consequence of Valentin's desire to make 'true wines' that do not need any additions.
Producer Valentin Morel
Origin Poligny, Jura, France
Grapes Chardonnay, Savagnin
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Style Medium body white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, whole bunch fermented in small barrels with indigenous yeast. Aged on lees for 24 months. Topped up (ouille). Unfiltered, unfined, No So2 added.
Notes Organic, Natural, Biodynamic