Marc NV Henri Maire
Château Montfort, Vieux Paille, Arbois, Égrappé, half bottle
Provenance: Delorme, 7/6/1999
The history of marc and its cousins – notably grappa from northern Italy – are entangled in mankind’s struggle to survive and tame nature’s elements. Not nearly as romantic as contemporary scenes of bucolic vineyards would have us believe, the lives of European peasants during the Middle Ages required hardy sustenance to endure. The wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, Trentino-Alto Adige, and the Veneto were too valuable to be drunk by their producers; they were destined instead for the tables of the wealthy, in exchange for sustenance. Growers and merchants were forced to settle for – literally – the dregs of the winemaking process.
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Henri Maire is the leading producer and breeder of Jura wines and he is the number one in France for home sales. Several generations since 1632 have been necessary to patiently build one of the largest and greatest estates in the area, focused on key appellations such as Château-Chalon, l’Étoile, and Arbois. The Domaine MAIRE & Fils covers nowadays 218 hectares of vines producing all the area grapes varieties.
A subtle wine. Its highly developed, the enchanting nose gives off walnut, wild mushroom, and spicy aromas. Its complex, the elegant structure is very present in the mouth. A remarkable range of aromas then open up on the palate: well-developed walnut, dried fruit, curry, saffron, and roasted hints. The finish is long and very persistent.
This remarkable wine is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled, but can also be kept in a cellar for several generations. Opened bottles keep for several weeks.
It is the composition of the soil that is necessary to produce Château-Chalon. The particular character of the wine is in part due to the blue and grey marl from the Liassic, augmented by the limestone outcrops that form the higher cliffs. This, in turn, helps the warming of the microclimate, and that enables the grapes to ripen fully. The altitude of this particular band of marl varies between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. The orientation of the slopes gives the best exposure (south to the south-west) and the optimum protection to the vines.