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2016 Michel Gahier Arbois Chardonnay “Les Follasses


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From 45-year-old Chardonnay planted in marne blanche (white marl), “Follasses” is topped up in cask, but nonetheless delivers an unhinged expression of saline complexity. The marl here—a layer of decomposed limestone mixed with clay—pre-dates the limestone that dominates Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, and it is this marl (in varying iterations of color and mineral composition) that dominates the terroir of the Jura. In this 2017 “Follasses,” mountain flowers and yellow fruits peer out from beneath the stones, but this taut, nervy wine is built on minerality above all else.

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