Gahier Chardonnay Arbois La Fauquette 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Vibrant yet delicate and engaging Chardonnay that’s in a class by itself.

Producer/Winery: Michel Gahier; Montigny-les-Arsures, France.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Arbois; Jura, France.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $31.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Seared salmon with orange curry sauce.


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, dark oat straw color. Pumpkin, apricot, freshly bailed hay and a limestone spring house aromas. Smooth, bone dry and chalky mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 200-grit texture. Intriguing flavors including bread dough, green apples, fresh picked (but not quite ripe) Bartlett pears and just the slightest hint of oxidative taste. Gobs of vibrant crisp acidity, but it’s fantastically well integrated and balanced with a long dusty mineral and apple tasting finish. WOW, an unusual combination of tastes that are both tantalizing and delicious. This was jumping up and down good Chardonnay. Many Chardonnay’s we drink can be characterized as fruity or with super crisp acidity, not this one, it’s unique and has everything else and more!!! A real treat paired with the salmon and outstanding sipping without food. We called it vibrant yet delicate and engaging Chardonnay that’s in a class by itself.

Michel Gahier in his cellar
Photo from Rosenthal Wine Merchants.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Rosenthal Wine Merchants; New York, New York.