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Domaine Rolet

Cédric Ducoté

Rolet Cremant du Jura

Rolet Cremant du Jura

Traditional-method sparkling wine based on Chardonnay.

Rolet Cremant du Jura Rosé

Rolet Cremant du Jura Rosé

Traditional-method sparkling wine based on Poulsard.

Rolet L’Etoile Chardonnay

Rolet L’Etoile Chardonnay

Chardonnay from the L’Étoile AOC, which gets its name from the fossilized sea stars found in the soil. A chiseled and precise style, from soil rich in grey marl.

Rolet Arbois Trousseau

Rolet Arbois Trousseau

100% Trousseau, aged in foudres for 18-24 months before bottling.

Rolet Rouge Tradition

Rolet Rouge Tradition

Blend of Poulsard, Pinot Noir, and Trousseau, aged in foudre.

Rolet Vin Jaune

Rolet Vin Jaune

“Roi des Vins et Vin de Rois” (“King of Wines and Wine of Kings”), made exclusively from Savagnin that has been aged in barrels for at least six years, without topping up, during which a layer of yeast called “la voile” naturally develops, creating this extraordinarily complex and distinctive regional specialty.

Rolet Vin de Paille

Rolet Vin de Paille

Made from carefully selected bunches of primarily Chardonnay and Savagnin, plus a bit of Poulsard, dried for at least three months and then gently pressed to produce a traditional regional dessert wine.

Rolet Macvin du Jura

Rolet Macvin du Jura

A regional apéritif, made from fresh Savagnin juice fortified with Vieux Marc du Jura. Serve well-chilled.

Rolet Macvin Rouge

Rolet Macvin Rouge

A regional apéritif, made from fresh Poulsard juice fortified with Vieux Marc du Jura. Serve well-chilled.

About

Owners: the Devillard, Dupuis, and Flambert families
Winemakers:
Cédric Ducoté, director; Chloé Weber, cellarmaster; Louis Morel, head of viticulture
Vineyards: 40ha in AOC Arbois, 23ha in AOC Côtes de Jura, and 3ha in AOC L’Étoile
Vineyard management: In progress towards organic certification
Soils: Gravel, various types of marl (red, blue, gray), limestone
Grapes grown: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau, Pinot Noir

Quick facts:

  • The diverse soils of the region express themselves clearly in the wines–you’ll find lighter, more mineral-driven styles from the calcareous clay of L’Étoile and Côtes du Jura, with more powerful, richer styles coming from the marls of Arbois.
  • They have two cellars for aging their Savagnin under voile: one cooler and more humid, built in the 14th century, which brings out the mineral character of the wines, and one that’s drier and warmer, encouraging a richer style. Blending the two allows them to create wines with a distinctive identity.

The domaine was founded in 1942 by Désiré Rolet; in 2018, the Rolet family passed it onto the Devillard, Dupuis, and Flambert families. Today, it is led by Cédric Ducoté, director; Chloé Weber, cellarmaster; and Louis Morel, head of viticulture. Since taking the reins, they’ve begun the process towards obtaining organic certification and have limited interventions in the cellar, reducing the applications of sulfur dioxide and filtering either not at all or minimally as needed.  The estate holdings are spread across three appellations with significant geographic and geological variation, allowing them to produce a wide variety of styles. In particular, Domaine Rolet seeks to highlight the local grapes Savagnin, Poulsard, and Trousseau, which are found only rarely outside of the Jura. Accessible and drinkable Poulsard and Trousseau, with their supple tannins and fresh aromas, are increasingly appreciated and sought-after. Savagnin, vinified conventionally, produces a a high acid and aromatic white wine, but it’s best known in the guise of Vin Jaune, where extended aging in non-topped-up barrels under a layer of flor creates a regional specialty of outstanding complexity. Pinot Noir, so exalted in neighboring Burgundy, is used here mainly to add structure and color to blends with Poulsard and Trousseau, or for Cremant du Jura. Chardonnay is generally higher in acidity here as compared to Burgundy, with the style varying based on the soils of the various appellations.