ocated in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Arlay Castle produces a "Great vintage" of the guaranteed vintage "Côtes du Jura".
n 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.
leasant hill on the border of the Bresse region and close to the Jura foot-hills, Arlay has a favourable geology with plenty of water underground, which is composed of fossil lime stone and rich marls. Its full South exposure gives the vine-plants the benefit of plenty of sun which are protected from the Northern winds by the hill itself. This is, as the popular expression says, the "Good Country" which offers the Arlay Castle a distinctive place in the regional context.
t 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 demanding on 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.
is son, Alain, who is to-day responsible for the wine-growing operations, emphasizes the modern management of the vinifications, followed by traditional treatment in casks in the magnificent cellars of the Castle.
he coral, red and white wines, the long-keeping yellow wine, the straw wine, the Macvin, the old destemmed grape eau-de-vie and old brandy are above all sought out for their elegant colour, the fineness of their aromas and the complexity of their bouquet.
his natural noble character of the wines of the Arlay Castle are the culmination of a particular rather than general native quality. This is certainly the mark of a great vintage, isn’t it?
Discover the range of Château d'Arlay wines:
Château d'Arlay Corail
Dry rosé (or light red) wine, a blend of 3 red varieties (Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard) and 2 white varieties (Chardonnay, Savagnin), according to the red vinification and matured in oak barrels for 3 years. To be served at cellar temperature. The only one with the 5 varieties in Jura as an "antique" wine.
Château d'Arlay Red Wine
Red wine, 100% Pinot Noir from old vines, matured in old oak barrels for 3 years.
To be served at room temperature. Here the largest production, justified since the middle-ages.
Chardonnay "à la Reine"
Dry white wine, 100% Chardonnay from old vines, picked up at high maturity, matured only in vat on fine lies. To be served at cellar temperature.
Château d'Arlay White Tradition
Dry white wine, blend of 70% Chardonnay & 30% Savagnin before fermentation, matured in old oak barrels during 3 years minimum. To be served at moderate temperature.
Château d'Arlay Yellow Wine alc 13.5% vol. (620 ml)
Rare yellow wine, 100% Savagnin with poor yield, matured in second hand barriques for 6 ½ years, without topping-up and no sulphiting, under a natural film of noble yeasts. To be served at room temperature. Wine for ageing 100 years! Only one yellow wine glass per Savagnin vine…
Château d'Arlay Straw Wine alc. 14.5% vol. (375 ml)
Rare straw wine. 4 varieties: Trousseau, Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin, picked up without any rot, then dried for 4 month on flats, pressed then fermented for 3 years in old casks. To be served at moderate temperature. It needs 100 kilogrammes of grapes to produce only 12 litres of straw wine.
Château d'Arlay White Macvin alc. 17% vol. (750 ml)
White liqueur wine. Blend of 2/3 of fresh must 50% Chardonnay & 50% Savagnin with 1/3 marc-brandy (aged for 7 years in casks), then matured for 3 years in old barrels. To be served at cellar temperature.
Château d'Arlay Red Macvin alc. 17% vol. (750 ml)
Red liqueur wine. Blend of 2/3 of fresh must 100% Pinot Noir with 1/3 marc-brandy (aged
for 4 years in cask), then matured for 1 year in old barrels. To be served at moderate temperature.
few figures concerning the Estate:
- SURFACE OF THE ESTATE: 25 Ha
- SOILS: marl – lime stone (lower lias, Sinemurian)
- VINE VARIETIES:
Black Pinot (47.5%)
Whites: Chardonnay (21%)
- ANNUAL PRODUCTION:
100 000 bottles
- Awarded at many Concours (VIF, Mâcon, CGA Paris, Jura...)
- Member of the Wine-growers’ Club.
- Prize winner at the Paris General Agricultural Contest
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