Chateau D'arlay Macvin Rouge
"Red liqueur wine. Blend of 2/3 of fresh must 100% Pinot Noir with 1/3 marc-brandy (aged for 4 years in cask), then matured for 1 year in old barrels. To be served at moderate temperature." - Winery
"Located in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Arlay Castle produces a "Great vintage" of the guaranteed vintage "Cotes du Jura". In effect, this estate was created by the Counts of Chalon-Arlay, Princes of Orange, as early as the High Medieval Period at the foot of their powerful fortress. Later on, it became the Royal Vineyard of England, then of Spain and finally of France. Some authors have even written that Arlay was the oldest Vineyard Castle of France."
"Pleasant hill on the border of the Bresse region and close to the Jura foot-hills, Arlay has a favourable geology with plenty of water underground, which is composed of fossil lime stone and rich marls. Its full South exposure gives the vine-plants the benefit of plenty of sun which are protected from the Northern winds by the hill itself. This is, as the popular expression says, the "Good Country" which offers the Arlay Castle a distinctive place in the regional context."
"It was in 1960 that the Count R. de Laguiche undertook to create a well-known company. He set to shape a vast estate on the family land, where five fine vine varieties were planted: Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin. In opposite to the local practice, he gave priority to finding more demanding on far away markets. Today, the estate has an area of approximately 74 acres, with some experimental wine-growing loop parcels. And the reputation of Chateau d'Arlay wines is well known over the five continents."
"His son, Alain, who is today responsible for the wine-growing operations, emphasizes the modern management of the vinifications, followed by traditional treatment in casks in the magnificent cellars of the Castle. The coral, red and white wines, the long-keeping yellow wine, the straw wine, the Macvin, the old destemmed grape eau-de-vie and old brandy are above all sought out for their elegant colour, the fineness of their aromas and the complexity of their bouquet. This natural noble character of the wines of the Arlay Castle are the culmination of a particular rather than general native quality. This is certainly the mark of a great vintage, isn't it?" - Winery