Somewhere between 1475 and 1500, in the village of Arlay, France, the grandparents of Jean Cusin dug a cellar into the ground and built a house on top, making it now one of the oldest domaines in the Jura. In 1579, that same Jean Cusin signed the first page of the town’s municipal archive. Fifteen generations later, the same family of direct descendants, brothers Jean-Phillipe and Jean-François, still live in that same home and still farm the same vineyard plots in the town of Arlay. Apparently visiting their caves is a wine lovers dream, with vintages into the 1700s and 1800s of their ‘Vin Jaune’, a popular Sherry like oxidative wine made from Savagnin. True to that course, the family still hold several cases from each vintage in the caves, aiming to release them later with proper bottle age, earning the title, makers of the most age-worthy wines at the lowest prices. The Vin Rouge is a blend of Pinot Noir, Trousseau, and Poulsard and is tagged as being able to age for 50-60 years due to the meticulous vineyard care, hand-harvesting, native yeast fermentation, and slow aging at a minimum of four years in old oak (some barrels are now over 80 years old). Pair with pork chops, grilled chicken, morel mushrooms, fondue, and cassoulet.
Label I.Q.: Located in East-central France, at the foot of the Alps, the Jura wine region, while 50 miles long, is never more than four miles wide.