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An estate reflecting the image of an ever-changing Jura and family enterprise that was created in the early ‘40s by Désiré Rolet. Today, the Rolet children have taken over and share the various responsibilities of the estate. Bernard and Guy take care of the vines and vinification. Pierre and Eliane are in charge of marketing, each of them working with a view to the final objective of a winegrower: the passion of obtaining depending on the vintage, the quintessence of the grape, and knowing that the art of winemaking starts in the vineyard. With a modern, air-conditioned, winemaking plant, where stainless steel vats, new barrels and oak casks lie side by side, and from the picking of the grapes to the bottling, we apply all of our know-how to the making of highly renowned vintages… A native vineyard consisting of 60 hectares distributed over the best hills of the Arbois and Côtes du Jura AOC vineyards, the Rolet Estate is the second largest wine-growing estate in the Jura.

A Harmonious Vineyard

  • 35 hectares of Arbois AOC on the Arbois and Montigny communes. Characteristics include: Poulsard red vine varieties on blue and red marl are dominant; Trousseau on thick gravel soils; a particularly warm ground; 35 hectares where young plants are placed alongside the first plantations of the estate, some of which are nearly 50 years old.
  • 20 hectares in Côtes du Jura AOC where white vine varieties are dominant, Chardonnay and Savagnin, on very specific native soils with liassic gray marls of Voiteur and to a lesser extent, Poulsard and Pinot Noir on the steep foothills of the Grandvaux in Passenans. The complexity of such a diversity of vine varieties is the result of our perpetual concern for finding the best combination of soils, sub-soils and vine varieties.

Rolet Cremant du Jura 2008

Pretty, pale color with green glints; fine bubbles that rise slowly yet with persistence. The nose is delicate and discrete, smelling of white flowers and hawthorn. The mouth has a solid finish with some vivacity, lacks bitterness, and is full-bodied, pleasant and delicate. This is an all-occasion wine and can be enjoyed as an aperitif, at the end of a meal or any time day or night.

Terroir

From the grounds of the Montigny-les-Arsures and the Vernois Communes

Harvest

Manual harvest with whole-bunch pressing and juice selection according to blending guidelines for sparkling wines

Maturation

Bottled in February 2007. The wine undergoes a secondary in-bottle fermentation to settle the mousse and for maturation on top of the lattes for 36 months. Disgorgement takes place for two months before the wine is available to the public

Service

Serve chilled, at around 46°F

Aging

2 to 3 years

Appellation

A.O.C Crémant du Jura

Cépage 

Chardonnay 54%; Savagnin 23%; Poulsard 23%

REVIEWS:
Domaine Rolet Cremant du Jura 2007 WS 2013

Rolet Cremant du Jura Rose NV

Salmon pink robe; very fine mousse. Delicate floral notes of rose and acacia. Abundance of red fruit (raspberry, cherry, blackberry) on the palate.

APPELLATION

A.O.C. Crémant du Jura

CEPAGE

Poulsard and Pinot Noir

TERROIR

Selected properties in the Common Arsures Montigny and Vernois.

HARVEST

Manual with pressing of the grapes in whole bunches. Second fermentation in the bottle; secondary fermentation and aging “on laths” for 12 months.

AGING

2 to 3 years

SERVICE

46° F

Rolet Arbois Blanc Nature 2012

The Naturé du Jura is the local name for traditional grape of Jura region -  Savagnin. Clear and bright color with hints of green and pale gold. Powerful aromas with empyreumatic notes; rich body; hints of spice; well balanced minerality. A fantastic aperitif wine; complements any crustacean dishes.

APPELLATION

A.O.C Arbois

CEPAGE

100% Savagnin

SOIL

Selected plots on our Montigny in localities Gaillard and castles of Gimont; gray marlstone.

HARVEST

Harvested manually in October. The must is fermented in vats; after malolactic fermentation the wine is aged for 12 months partly in wooden casks and partly in vats.

SERVICE

54° F

AGING

6 to 8 years

Rolet Arbois Chardonnay 2011

Clear, brilliant color with glints of green and pale gold. A very pleasant, somewhat vanilla bouquet. As is typical of Chardonnays, the scent of white flowers dominates. On the mouth it is rich and powerful with a good finish. A nice wine that is served with cold appetizers, fish and charcuteries.

Terroir

Well acclimated to the Jura terroir since the 15th century, it especially favors gravelly limestone

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

From 15 to 18 months in new oak barrels (20%) and older barrels  in order to obtain the right balance between the vanilla from the wood tannins and the traditional scents of the terroir

Service

Serve at about 54°F. It should not be chilled

Aging

8 to 10 years

Appellation

A.O.C Arbois Blanc

Cépage

100% Chardonnay

Rolet Arbois Tradition Chardonnay/Savagnin 2008

Rich, aged gold color, brilliant, ‘beautiful legs,’ which speak to the wine’s complexity. A fine, complex bouquet with hints of almond and nuts. This wine covers the palate of the mouth and displays a strong Savagnin presence. This is a vintage of great delicacy and complexity. A wine meant for keeping, it is marvelous over fish, rice with veal or fowl and cream, as well as cuisine of the Jura region and Comté cheese.

Terroir

A triumphant alliance of Chardonnay from old vines and Savagnin from the compact shale hillsides of Montigny

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

Upwards of 36 months in oak barrels; maturation of the Chardonnay takes place separately from that of the Savagnin, which is also developed into yellow wine. The varietals are blended two months before bottling.

Service

Serve at about 57°F

Aging

12 to 15 years

Appellation

A.O.C. Arbois Blanc “Tradition”

Cépage

Chardonnay 50%; Savagnin 50%

Rolet Cotes du Jura Blanc 2010

Clear and brilliant color reflecting pale green glints, which denote the freshness of the vintage. White flower and apple aromas. The mouth balances fullness with acidity, and the palate confirms what the nose predicts. Finally, the wine clings to the mouth for a full finish. It pairs well with appetizers and fish entrees.

Terroir

The southern exposed slopes of the Voiteur are located on a terroir with a predilection for the rich, gray shale found beneath the soil here.

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

Fermented and matured for 18 months in barrels in order to bring out the specific personality of the Côtes du Jura terroir; a very particular terroir that characterizes the wine with notes of gunflint and almond.

Service

Serve at approximately 55 to 57°F

Aging

8 to 10 years

Appellation

A.O.C. Côtes du Jura Blanc

Cépage

100% Chardonnay

Rolet L'Etoile Chardonnay 2011

Clear and briliant color. This vintage displays green or pale gold glints. Chardonnay de l’Etoile vines are planted beneath gray shale, which give the wine its specificity. The nose is marked with great richness and dry fruit and hazelnut aromas. The finish recalls hazelnut scents. This wine pairs perfectly with warm appetizers.

Terroir

On the hills near Lons le Saunier, the soil is characterized by the abundance of star-shaped fossils giving the name to this very small AOC.

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

In order to preserve the delicacy of the Chardonnay de l’Etoile, the musts are fermented in barrels for 12 to 16 months.

Service

Serve at approximately 55 et 57°F.

Aging

8 to 10 years

Appellation

A.O.C. L’Etoile

Cépage

100% Chardonnay

Rolet Poulsard VV 2012

Its color is that of an onion peel, which is characteristic of a rich Poulsard. On the nose, it shows red fruits, strawberries reminiscent of morello cherry, and it evolves into a more animal aroma of meat. On the mouth it displays a good balance between its fine tannins and vivacity; red fruit with some slightly minty spices make for an extremely pleasant, light and summer wine. Pairs well with smoked charcuteries, poultry and grilled meat.

Terroir

From parcels older than 25 years old, Poulsard best expresses itself over the red clay of Gaillard and Chagnon de Montigny.

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

Poulsard Vieilles Vignes, surely one of the oldest varietals specific to the Jura, spends 12 months in tanks after a cold pre-fermentation of eight days and an active fermentation of one week.

Service

Serve at a temperature between 54° and 57°F

Aging

8 to 12 years depending on the vintage

Appellation

A.O.C Arbois Poulsard « vieilles vignes »

Cépage

100% Poulsard

Rolet Arbois Tradition Rouge 2011

Traditional cuvée is assembled of the 3 varieties: Poulsard brings finesse, Pinot and Trousseau – tannins and body. Fine aromas of red fruits, predominantly cherry and sour cherry. Good complexity, nice balance of the three varieties; spicy characteristics from the Pinot and Trousseau. A wine that ages ever so gracefully.

APPELLATION

A.O.C. Arbois Tradition

 

CEPAGE

40% Poulsard, 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Trousseau

 

TERROIR

Traditional Red Arbois climate that combines the complexity of soil of Montigny hillsides – red marlstone and gravel.

 

HARVEST

Manual

 

SERVICE

59° F

 

AGING

10 to 12 years depending on the vintage

 

 

Rolet Trousseau 2011

Deep cherry color. On the nose, Morello cherry carries this vintage. Then strawberry, a little bit of blackberry and the characteristic spiciness of this varietal appear. On the mouth, it has a lot of presence. One must wait patiently for this vintage’s complex aromas to develop their warm flavors, reminiscent of cooked strawberry, raspberry and various spicy and peppery nuances. This is a vin de garde to be enjoyed with cooked meats, game and cheese.

Terroir

When it comes to soil, Trousseau is a demanding varietal that is specific to the Jura. It best lives up to its potential over gravel and in the most precocious climates found in Montesserin à Arbois, Chagnon and Euvrin sur Montigny.

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturing

20 months in barrels for fullness and finesse

Service

Serve at approximately 59°F

Aging

12 to 15 +

Appellation

A.O.C. Arbois Rouge Trousseau

Cépage

100% Trousseau

Silver Medal at the Concours Génèral in Paris, 2007

Rolet Vin Jaune 2007

Clear yellow with golden glints. The nose is balanced, with an aromas of nuts, dried fruit, almonds and spices. On the mouth this is a strong, yellow wine with dried fruit flavors and hints of roasting. Pair with poultry, white meat or fish with a yellow wine cream sauce or exotic dishes. Serve as an aperitif with Comté cheese and nuts.

Terroir

The Savagnin grape is specific to the Jura region and grows on hills of blue and gray shale.

Harvest

Manual harvest

Maturation

Yellow wine — The King of Wines, The Wine of Kings — demands aging for six years without ouillage [or: filling up the barrels], during which time it acquires an unparalleled nutty flavor due to “voile à jaune” yeasts.

Service

Serve at around 61°F, allowing it to breathe for two hours before drinking

Aging

30 years +

Appellation

A.O.C. Arbois Vin Jaune

Cépage

100% Savagnin

Rolet Vin de Paille 2006

Its beautiful amber color reflects the presence of the Poulsard. The wine clings to the sides of the glass showing its level of concentration. 2003 was the ideal year for the harvest of straw wine. A confit of dry fruit, fig, apricots and quince dominates the nose. On the mouth, it is concentrated, persistent, and vivacious. This vintage is marvelous as an aperitif, paired with foie gras, dessert or simply by itself.

Terroir

Terroir matters little for straw wine. What is important is the careful harvest of grapes from old vines at the right maturity allowing for the drying of the grape.

Maturation

It takes three months for the must to become ready and then introduce a slow fermentation, which will stop on its own once the wine reaches the appropriate alcohol and sugar content. This process is followed by two years of barrel aging.

Service

Serve at between 46 and 50°F

Aging

50 years +

Appellation

A.O.C.  Côtes du Jura Vin de Paille

Cépage

Poulsard 20%; Chardonnay 40%; Savagnin 40%

Jura / Savoie