Le Caveau de Bacchus Trousseau Marne Rouge 2020

Le Caveau de Bacchus Trousseau Marne Rouge 2020

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Press 2 • May 2023 Direct Press Selection

The wines of Caveau de Bacchus were very much not available in the US until recently. They are widely regarded by other winemakers as having the best Trousseau vines, full stop. However, many decades of selling from their cellar door meant that 95% of the wines went to private clients. As they begin selling more internationally, we are very excited to be able to snatch these up before the secret is out. 

Lucien Aviet (nicknamed 'Bacchus,' if that tells you anything about his personality) came from a farming family and after returning from the military he took over the family farm in the early 1960s and began making wine from their grapes instead of selling them to the cooperative. Over the years he built up a reputation for making some of the most age-worthy and classic expressions of the Jura's distinct varieties and styles. Despite his kinship with Overnoy, the wines are closer to Puffeney in style and poise. Lucien died in 2018 but his son Vincent has been making the wines for a decade or more now, continuing the effort to make wines in a manner he and his father saw as authentic, traditional Jura.
They are not wild and 'natty' but they tell the story of the Jura, its history, and their unique vines in a way that is profound. And delicious. Authentic is a slippery term but I'm ok using that with the wines of Lucien and Vincent. If you want the real Jura, look no further.

The 'Cuvée des Géologues' is named for the geologists who helped the Aviet family decide where to plant Trousseau back in the 1960s. Destemmed and aged in large Alsatian foudrè, it is a young wine now and will easily age and improve over the next 5-10 years. Even so, you can enjoy it now, though decant if you can: it's not tannic, but more air will allow the subtleties to emerge. There is a really lovely tightrope walk between the sultry, darker tones of wet earth and black cherry with the more elegant, fine-tuned details. Boysenberry and red pepper flake notes add an important lift and overtone series to the wine. There is a long, haunting finish and a quiet, firm voice to this wine that rewards really sitting with it and letting it tell you stories. Jonathan Kemp

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