Les Argales is a blend of Chardonnay from Jacob's "L�-bas" vineyard and Savagnin from "Aux Perri�res" in L'Etoile. Yields in 2018 were unusually high, but fermentation was difficult, so the two varietals were blended together. Fermentation eventually finished after adding the actively fermenting lees from the 2019 Savagnin, and Nicolas is pleased with the result (though not planning to repeat the process). "Argale" is a local term for a ne'er-do-well, someone who is good for nothing and constantly strays from the right path. It's usually used endearingly, and has a comical implication. Nicolas thought the word aptly describes this wine, and it's also a term that his friend's father used to describe his band of buddies growing up.
Settling during 12h after manual harvest. Alcoholic fermentation in 228L barrels using natural yeasts. No intervention until bottling. 18 months in used 228L barrels, unfined, unfiltered.
Originally from the Jura, Nicolas Jacob worked on several local organic vegetable farms before developing an interest in wine. During this time, Nicolas established an admirable knack for searching out the best mentors in the area. After spending time with Laurent Macle at Domaine Macle in Ch�teau Chalon, where he learned how to craft some of the finest traditional oxidative Jura wines, Nicolas found work in the vineyards with Jean-Fran�ois Ganevat, where he eventually became the right-hand man at the domaine. Here, Nicolas perfected his skills across all aspects of the domaine, from vineyard work to vinification.
In 2015, Jacob purchased just over 1 hectare of vines in L'Etoile, planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and bit of Savagnin, and began to develop his own style (which is clearly inspired by his time chez Ganevat). As expected, the norm is natural fermentation, absolute minimal use of SO2, long aging, and a slightly confounding preference for a multitude of exceptional micro-cuv�es based on variations in the terroir.
In 2019, Jacob fully ventured out on his own and acquired a small winery in Cesancey, as well as 5+ hectares of vines in the surrounding area, including a 3.5-hectare block in Augea and one hectare in Rotalier.