Domaine des Cavarodes – Etienne Thiebaud

Etienne Thiebaud commenced making his own wine at Domaine des Cavarodes in the village of Cramans in the northern part of the Jura in 2007. He makes wines of amazing purity which reflect the terroir from which they come on either side of the Loue River and across to Arbois.

He only has 4.5 hectares of vines (ranging in age from 15 to 115 years old) which he farms organically but produces many cuvees from these small holdings. The wines are made as naturally as possible with the reds undergoing semi-carbonic maceration following careful de-stemming and maturation in old barrels.

Key vineyards are Lumachelles which is in the commune of Mouchard just north of Arbois (where he has Chardonnay and Trousseau), Guille Bouton in Arbois (where he has Chardonnay) and Les Messagelins which is also in Arbois (where he has Trousseau).

Domaine des Cavarodes AOP Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Lumachelles 2016

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This vineyard is south of Arbois near the village of Poligny where Etienne has Chardonnay, Trousseau and Pinot Noir vines. The village closest to the vineyard is Mouchard, which is just north of Arbois and just south of Cramans.

It is made from Chardonnay and was regularly topped up to prevent excessive oxidation (the French use the term ouille, to describe this topping up process). A large foudre was used for both fermentation and maturation on the lees. The resulting wine was bottled without the addition of any sulphites to retain the freshness and typicity.

The wine exhibits a strong mineral quality suggesting good biodynamic practices in the vineyard with a distinct lemon peel vibe on the palate.

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Domaine des Cavarodes AOP Côtes du Jura Trousseau Lumachelles 2017

This wines was also made from grapes picked from the Lumachelles vineyard as described for the Chardonnay above. This red wine is made from the Trousseau grape variety which is thought to be native to the Jura but which can now be found in Spain and Australia under the name of Bastardo.

It was bottled without being fined or filtered and no sulphites were added at any stage. This is a light, delicate red which has elegance and very good structure.

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Domaine des Cavarodes AOP Arbois Chardonnay Guille Bouton 2016

The Guille Bouton vineyard lies within the Arbois appellation close to the village of Arbois. this wine was made from 100% Chardonnay grapes that were grown in this vineyard.

This wine was fermented with native yeasts and was aged in old oak barrels. It was bottled without being fined or filtered and no sulphites were added at any stage.

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Domaine des Cavarodes AOP Côtes du Jura Savagnin Ostrea Virgula 2016

The Ostrea Virgula is Etienne Thibaud’s most exciting wine. This beautiful topped-up Savagnin was fermented and aged in a vat for one year before being transferred to old barrels to further develop the wonderful aromas and flavours that typify this wine. You will notice the stonefruit, kumquat, orange and herb aromas and the very long, lingering finish of this wine. The name of the cuvée, Ostrea Virgula, is a nod to the Jurassic marine shell fossil component of the soil in this vineyard.

It was bottled without being fined or filtered and no sulphites were added at any stage.

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Domaine des Cavarodes AOP Arbois Trousseau Messagelin 2017

Another beautiful Trousseau from vines in the Messagelin vineyard in the commune of Arbois.

It was bottled without being fined or filtered and no sulphites were added at any stage.

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