A family estate since the early Middle Ages, we have been making authentic local wines in the spirit of a "grand cru" of the Jura, respecting tradition. Each manual harvest is carefully sorted. All our wines stay several years in our cellars, offering real ageing potential. The grey marls of Lias in the basement and a south-facing exposure, little...Lire plus Learn more
A family estate since the early Middle Ages, we have been making authentic local wines in the spirit of a "grand cru" of the Jura, respecting tradition. Each manual harvest is carefully sorted. All our wines stay several years in our cellars, offering real ageing potential. The grey Lias marls of the subsoil and a south-facing exposure, unusual in the region, contribute to the elegance and minerality of our estate. Our vines, most of which were planted in 1953 and 1974, as well as our work in sustainable, organic and biodynamic viticulture, favouring indigenous yeasts, perfectly express the nobility of this château and this terroir, renowned as the oldest winegrowing château in France.
An essential tourist, cultural and oenological stopover located in the heart of the Jura, Château d'Arlay has the particularity of having always been handed down by heritage since its foundation in the Middle Ages until today, and of being considered as the oldest wine-growing château in France. This land was in turn that of the Counts of Burgundy and then of the Chalon-Arlay - the most powerful Comtoise family -, followed by the Princes of Orange, Counts of Nassau, Princes of Isenghien and Arenberg, Marquis of Vogüé, and Counts of Laguiche. It was, during its history, a Royal Vine of Spain, then England, and finally France. Since the 13th century, its successive owners have developed and maintained a "vine garden" at the foot of the medieval castle. Transmitted by legitimate inheritance since 1070 - a rare event in Europe - Arlay embodies a certain idea of continuity and tradition. The estate's wines are now exported to all 5 continents and enjoy international renown, such as its Vin Jaune, which is ranked among the 100 best wines in the world. Château d'Arlay is classified as a Historic Monument, an Outstanding Garden, a Vineyard and a Discovery Site. He is one of the 40 members of the prestigious Académie du Vin de France.
I know that for many urbanites, the profession of winegrower fascinates them. Let us move on to the anxieties and hardship common to all agriculture, to rejoice with them in the fruit of this work: wine. Let's have dinner. She made a rabbit in the Jean d'Oise style. We could try a Blanc Tradition 2007, still a little lively, or a rounder 1999, but no, I would like to try a 1983 already more mature. Good as long as I have to do it, since I have some left, it will be from 1964, still full of youth.... And there will be more in the cellar for the children later. And that's how what seems painful at first turns into a real work... We still talk about it, what a great wine, what a great job!
I do not hesitate to say it: this vineyard is the real Historical Monument in Arlay! Of course the castles are built and dismantled, the families pass and pass away... That's the way life is. But how can we not admire the exceptional permanence of the vine for nearly 1000 years on these fertile hills by the will of its owners? And all this despite the ups and downs of the region's history and this family land?
You have understood it with us, from now on you will never taste a Château d'Arlay like other wines...