France: Jura

Around Lons-le-Saunier

Château-Chalon, l'Etoile and the southern Côtes du Jura
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Columns in front of Château d'Arlay ©Brett Jones

Château d'Arlay

Address: Route de Saint Germain, 39140 Arlay
Tel: 03 84 85 04 22 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:45:39N (46.76078)    Longitude: 5:31:47E (5.52980) 

You may well meet the Count himself, Alain de Laguiche, who is often to be found in the tasting room just before the entrance of the elegant château, and he will take you through the range of their wines with much enthusiasm. It was his late father who revived the winemaking traditions in the château’s vineyards during the 1960s and Alain continues to aim high. This is one of the closest Jura vineyards to Burgundy and both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grow well here in quite clay-dominated soil. Like all the range, the Pinot spends a long time in old wood (too long in my view) - but the wine enjoys a good reputation, as does the non-oxidative Chardonnay called La Reine, and the minerally Vin Jaune. This is one of the rare domaines where you will usually find two or more vintages to taste and compare. Vin de Paille and Macvin are excellent. In summer the château and gardens are well worth visiting (see ‘Other Attractions’).

Useful information: Tastings: Monday – Saturday all year, plus Sunday afternoons in summer. Groups up to 100 people by appointment, with a charge and catering possible. English spoken.


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