Vin de France Blanc Les Argales

Nicolas Jacob

Nicolas Jacob - Les Argales
Type

White Wine

Appellation

Vin de France

Variety

80% Chardonnay 20% Savagnin

Les Argales is a blend of Chardonnay from Jacob's "Là-bas" vineyard and Savagnin from "Aux Perrières" in L'Etoile. Yields in 2018 were unusually high, but fermentation was difficult, so the two varietals were blended together. Fermentation eventually finished after adding the actively fermenting lees from the 2019 Savagnin, and Nicolas is pleased with the result (though not planning to repeat the process). "Argale" is a local term for a ne'er-do-well, someone who is good for nothing and constantly strays from the right path. It's usually used endearingly, and has a comical implication. Nicolas thought the word aptly describes this wine, and it's also a term that his friend's father used to describe his band of buddies growing up.

Viticulture
Vineyard name

L'Etoile (Chardonnay) & Aux Perrières (Savagnin)

Soil type

Marl

Vines planted inPlanted 1983
Vineyard size0.70 hectares (total vineyard size of Là-haut and Là-bas)
PruningGuyot poulssard
Vinification

Settling during 12h after manual harvest. Alcoholic fermentation in 228L barrels using natural yeasts. No intervention until bottling.

Elevage18 months in used 228L barrels
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined and Unfiltered
Additional info
Total production average< 5000 bottles total
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