Arbois ‘Love’ Poulsard
This special cuvée is made with the finest Poulsard grapes and delicately vinified without sulphites. An authentic and charming wine, a tribute to a grape whose finesse, with its notes of undergrowth and spices, is matched only by its originality.
Poulsard is a pale red grape, a native of Jura. It is not widely grown as is a delicate, prone to frost and mildew and difficuly to transport. Being light in colour a single varietal cuvee is unusual, it is often blended with Pinot Noir.
A nice easy, though concentrated, fresh berry aroma – notably cranberry in the forefront, pomegranate and cherry in the background. There is an earthy, mineral quality with bit of leather and some woody herb flavours. The palate is fruity, well-balanced with a good length for an easy drinking wine.
It is ideal for your grills, barbecues, cold cuts, Enjoy with salads or poultry – or by itself as an aperitif with lovely friends.
About the Producer
Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois
The Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois is one of the first cooperative wineries ever established in France. It was formed on 4 January 1906 at the instigation of 26 wine growers from the town of Arbois. At that time French vines had been nearly decimated by the grape phylloxera blight and the wine market was occupied by inferior wines without any designation of origin.
Determined to offer consumers the best of the wines of the Jura region, the cooperative chose to remunerate its vintners based on the quality of the grapes they supplied, by carrying out a strict selection. This collective approach of the pursuit of excellence contributed to Arbois wines obtaining the very first French AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) on 15 May 1936, followed a few years later by the AOC Côtes du Jura.
In 1969 the Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois acquired Château Béthanie in the heart of the town of Arbois and equipped it with a wine cellar and sophisticated wine-making facilities for the vinification of the 5 Jura varietals: Poulsard, Trousseau, Pinot Noir, Savagnin and Chardonnay.
The cooperative began turning towards an environmentally friendly wine-growing approach by engaging in integrated farming (agriculture raisonnée). Over the past few years our wine growers have been turning towards environmentally friendly viticulture using the cultivation methods of integrated farming.
The Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois currently has close to 100 members over a wine-producing area of about 250 ha, which can be broken down by varietal into 42 ha of Poulsard, 35 ha of Pinot Noir, 14 ha of Trousseau, 98 ha of Chardonnay and 61 ha of Savagnin. Annual production is more than one million bottles of Jura wines.