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Excellent Trousseau from Puffeney and Gahier


Jacques Puffeney and Michel Gahier are neighbors in Montigny-les-Arsures which is a regarded as the “prime site” for Trousseau in Jura.  Their two wines which are featured in today’s post were imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchant.  That is where the similarity ends. While the 2011 Jacques Puffeney, Trousseau, Cuvee Les Betangeres, Arbois  reflects the two additional years of age, it is a darker wine with complexity increased by earth and bacon fat. In contrast the 2013 Michel Gahier, Trousseau, Les Grans Vergers, Arbois is brighter with red fruit, citric notes, and minerality. While I do not have any experience with mature Trousseau, I think it is fairly obvious that both of these bottles will continue to develop and last for many years.  I recommend that you grab some friends to try both bottles together.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Jacques Puffeney, Trousseau, Cuvee Les Betangeres, Arbois – $34
Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Trousseau that was fermented in cuve then aged for 20 months in used foudre.  Alcohol 13%.  There were more fruity flavors with a touch of roundness that became racy towards the finish.  Drier tannins supported the wine from underneath.  There was a depth to the flavor that was forward in a way but still young.  With air the complex dark flavors became a little earthy with cherry flavors and bacon fat.  So drinkable.  ***(*) Now-2022.

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2013 Michel Gahier, Trousseau, Les Grans Vergers, Arbois – $34
Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Trousseau sourced from 60-70 year old vines that was aged in old foudre and barrel.  Alcohol 12.5%.   The nose bore darker red fruits that mixed with fresh floral aromas from a green house.  In the mouth were lively red fruit and black minerals before racy, citric red fruit came out.  There were good ripe, citric pithe tannins in the structure.  There was a dry, black finish with a perfumed aftertaste.  With air the wine took on more acidic, greenhouse, and black pepper notes.  *** 2016-2022.

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