Lucien Aviet Melon à Queue Rouge
Grapes: Melon à Queue Rouge (Chardonnay)
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.
This is a rare example of Melon à Queue Rouge, an ancient strain of Chardonnay (here from 50 year old vines) grown by only three top producers in Arbois and Montigny. Aged in old foudres for 18 months and topped up, this has a pale gold colour with a mouthfeel of fine white Burgundy, restrained citrus fruit and spice aromas and a very saline finish.