2011 Labet Blanc Paille Perdue (500ml)
The Labet family owns 12 hectares of vines in the small town of Rotalier, in the southern part of Jura not far from Lons le Saunier. The domaine is just 15 minutes south of Château Chalon (a small AOC known for its excellent Vin Jaune). Importantly for quality, one third of the Labet vines are over 60 years of age with the majority of the vines come from old massal selections. In the winery – for the whites, pneumatic pressing with stems for 2 hours and then juice settles for 12 hours. Fermentation at 18C in 4-10 year old fûts using natural yeast for 10 months. Full malo-lactic. Élevage in a mixture of 4 to 10 year old barrels for 18months without racking but with some lees stirring. One bottling in May without fining or filtration. And for the Poulsard, 100% destemming by hand! The grapes are not crushed and undergo cold pre-fermentation for 5 / 6 days then semi-carbonic maceration. Alcoholic fermentation in 15 year old tronconic wooden vat using natural, indigenous yeasts. Aged for 9 months in 225L barrels, all between 8 to 10 years old. No racking and no filtration. Extremely rare wines.