France: Jura

Around Arbois

Salins les Bains to Poligny
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Tasting room entrance with summer bistrot behind ©Wink Lorch

Domaine de la Tournelle

Address: 5 Petite Place, 39600 Arbois
Tel: 03 84 66 25 76 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:54:9N (46.90258)    Longitude: 5:46:22E (5.77274) 

A tiny establishment right in the middle of Arbois; Pascal Clairet used to run the regional Comité des Vins and knows the region very well; both Pascal and his wife delightful and thoughtful wife Evelyne are trained oenologists. The vineyards are priority and have had organic and biodynamic certification since 2010. Added sulphur-dioxide is rarely used and the Clairets are part of the natural wine movement - their cellars are immaculate. Wine and food is another shared passion. Their delightful bistrot is open in summer on a lovely terrace alongside the river - there are sometimes music evenings too. Here you can enjoy a glass of wine with a selection of light tapas-style plates. In their wine range look out for their Poulsard red called l'Uva de l’Arboisiana and some fascinating Savagnins.

Useful information: Tasting room open every day except Sunday, but as always, it would be better to make an appointment. Groups by arrangement (40 maximum and a small charge is made). The bistrot is open late June to early September, lunchtimes and evenings (except Sunday evening). At the bistrot there are wines available by the glass from €4 or by the bottle. Some English spoken. Reservations on 06 43 54 54 94


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