Lucien Aviet & Fils Cuvée des Géologues

Lucien Aviet & Fils Cuvée des Géologues

£47.00

Country: France

Region: Jura

Grapes: Trousseau

Vintage: 2019

Returning from the Algerian war in 1960 when many growers in the region opted to plant chardonnay, Lucien Aviet went against the trend by planting mainly Trousseau à La Dame (an old low-yielding strain) and some Savagnin from excellent rootstock. His hunch paid off and the Aviet domaine, now run by Lucien's son Vincent, is renowned for producing some of the the finest Trousseau in the whole Jura.

A blend of the two parcels Rosière and Ruzard which also get bottled separately. Both are south-facing vineyards in Montigny-les-Arsures with similar terroir: light, gravelly soil with 'argile à chailles' (flinty clay) – Trousseau's most suited type of soil. Ruzard is higher up on the hill from Rosière and makes leaner wines compared to the deep and age-worthy Rosière bottlings. Altogether the vines range from 10 to 60yo. The latest bottlings are much richer and less angular than in the past (global warming), this 2019 has a delicate, mid-red colour, refreshing red cherry and cranberry fruit with real purity of expression and a mineral stamp.