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A blend of 2/3 fresh grape must (50% Chardonnay & 50% Savagnin) with 1/3 marc-brandy (aged for 7 years in casks), then matured for 3 years in old barrels. Fresh and well-balanced, it makes for an intriguing aperitif or dessert wine. Pair with fruit tarts.
Located in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Arlay Castle produces a "Great vintage" of the guaranteed vintage "Côtes du Jura".
In effect, this estate was created by the Counts of Chalon-Arlay, Princes of Orange, as early as the High Medieval Period at the foot of their powerful fortress. Later on, it became the Royal Vineyard of England, then of Spain and finally of France. Some authors have even written that Arlay was the oldest Vineyard Castle of France.
It was in 1960 that the Count R. de Laguiche undertook to create a well-known company. He set to shape a vast estate on the family land, where five fine vine varieties were planted: Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin. In opposite to the local practice, he gave priority to finding more demand in far away markets. To-day, the estate has an area of approximately 74 acres, with some experimental wine-growing loop parcels. And the reputation of Château d'Arlay wines is well known over the five continents.
Located between Burgundy and Switzerland, this cool climate wine region produces wines with some similarity to Burgundy and Swiss wine. Jura wines are distinctive and unusual wines, the most famous being vin jaune, which is made by a similar process to Sherry, developing under a flor-like strain of yeast. This is made from the local Savagnin grape variety. Other popular grapes in this region are the native varieties Poulsard, Trousseau, and world verity of Chardonnay.