Tradition and quality
The estate is located in Jura and spreads on three appellations : Arbois, Côtes du Jura and l’Etoile on 65 hectares. Rolet père et fils is a family owned estate (2nd generation) making wines with their own production only. The culture is sustainable, with no use of chemical herbicides (ploughed soil) neither insecticides. Yields are low, between 15 to 50 hl/ha depending the appellations and wines.
The soils in Jura are complexe and varie a lot regarding the appellations and locations. The estate has a strong care to plant the right vine on the right soil, for instance :
- Red and blue marls are dedicate to Poulsard
- Heavy gravels, which are also warmer soils, perfectly fit for the Trousseau
- Light marls are for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
- Grey marls for the Savagnin
The estate first created by Désiré Rolet in 1942, had been taking over by his children , Eliane, Bernard, Guy and Pierre in 1958 and since then, has developped a lot. Vines are always planted in steep slopes. They prefer light caterpillar to heavy tractor in order to not damage the soil, which will pass only on specific grassed rank.Harvests are manual only, every year, 80 people picking for 4 weeks in the vineyard to select the best grapes only way to produce high quality wines.
- Chardonnay on different appellations : Arbois, Côtes du Jura and l’étoile,
- Naturé : Savagnin aged in top up barrel for one year.
- Expression du terroir : blend of 25 % Savagnin traditionnally aged for 3 years in barrel with spontaneous flor of yeasts and 75 % Chardonnay top up barrel ageing for 2 years and then one year in vat
- Tradition blanc : blend of 25 % Savagnin traditionnally aged for 4 years in barrel with spontaneous flor of yeasts and 75 % Chardonnay top up barrel ageing for 2 years and then two years in vat
- Rouge : Poulsard rosé and red, Trousseau, Pinot Noir and blends of these red grapes for the cuvée “Tradition”
- Crémant du Jura white and rosé
- Emblematic wines from Jura : Vin Jaune (100% Savagnin aged 7 years at least under the flor), Vin de Paille (grapes drought all winter time), Mac vin (Vin de liqueur)
All technical informations are available in English upon request.