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2004 Jacques Puffeney Arbois Vieilles Vignes

Red Blend

  • France
  • Jura
  • Arbois
Drink between 2009 - 2018 (Edit)
CT91.8 11 reviews
Label borrowed from 2002

Community Tasting Notes 10

  • soyhead wrote:

    June 29, 2022 - Also a pleasure to get to try this wine, which was bought many years ago on release and stored impeccably. A mix of pinot noir, trousseau, and poulsard.
    nose - plum, chestnut,pomegranate, bulls blood. lot going on here
    mouth - dense, cornucopia of fruit, with a touch of bitterness, overall quite complex with still very considerable tannins. Youthful, exuberant, fresh and powerful, made me think of a quality Chambolle 1er. Not sure about how less well stored bottles might fare but agreed with others this could easily go 10 more years

  • SteveG wrote:

    August 30, 2016 - Light garnet. Nice nose of black fruit, bramble, a little wet dirt. The palate is medium+ intensity, dark stone and berry, with lovely tart edges, nice earthy finish.

  • SteveG wrote: 92 points

    June 26, 2015 - From memory. Solid garnet. Nose of black fruit, black dirt, and tar. The palate shows this is a blend, pinot noir with rustic, bright fruit elements. The finish shows the darker nose, cleansing acids and pleasing tannins. I don't think this wine is at all old.

    Reading my previous note, it would seem that the current bottle was fuller and possibly a bit softer.

  • 5laton wrote:

    November 29, 2012 - A rather quiet nose, just some gentle notes of rosehips and cranberry and a few savory game creeping in at the edges. The palate has a tart cranberry, underripe strawberry fruit character, and some gentle fruit sweetness, but what hooks me is the gorgeous texture and sneaky concentration. There's a wonderfully expansive, semi-spherical impression, with extremely fine, gentle tannins, and satisfying length. This is delightful currently, if a bit subdued. I've loved this vintage for Puff's reds since release, and am happy to have another bottle of this to try in 2015 or so.

  • Alain Harvey wrote: 92 points

    February 11, 2012 - The 2004 “Vieilles Vignes” is a blend of one-third each Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir contributes some full, berry-like sweetness to the earthy, soil-inflected tones of the other two classic Arbois varietals in this juicy, minerally trio.

    This wine is clear with a medium ruby core (almost like a dark rosé) with a pale garnet rim. On the nose it is clean and developing medium intense aroma of seductive red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, cherry cola, earth and an attractive herbaceousness. On the palate I found it to be dry with a crisp acidity that was refreshing and balanced with a medium level of alcohol and a light but intense body. The tannins are of medium intensity and present some greenness. The flavors where of medium plus intensity and presented sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, cola, and the same alluring herbaceousness that was present on the nose. The finish was medium in length and complex. I rate this wine very good quality because of its balance of fresh red fruit, well delineated acidity, grippy tannins and its complex finish.

    This is not a blockbuster red and if you were to go on visuals alone you would think that it was just a darker rosé, but it reveals it self as a serious red wine on the palate. If you are looking for that blockbuster red keep on looking but if you enjoy the wines of the Loire, Burgundy, Beaujolais regions give this one a try.

    I would recommend enjoying this with some ripe Comté Cheese, artisan french charcuterie and a french baguette. Serve this a little cooler than you would a full bodied red, I recommend putting it in the refrigerator door for about 45 minutes before serving.

    Personal Foot Notes:

    Not many people are familiar with the wines from the Jura region of France, which is located some 50 miles east of Burgundy’s Côtes Chalonnaise, below the western flank of the Jura Mountains, which divide Switzerland from France, let alone red wines from this region. While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown in the region, many wines are made from unfamiliar varietals (such as Savagnin, Poulsard, and Trousseau), and some white wines are crafted in a deliberately oxidized style (think sherry-like flavors).For someone who doesn’t know what to expect, a particular bottle may offer up a hefty dose of surprise.I feel that these wines should not be missed and are happy to guide the curious towards a new tasting experience.

    Jacques Puffeney makes his wines in Arbois, one of the appellations of the region. Puffeney is regarded by his fellow Jura winemakers as a leader in the area. Puffeney’s Arbois are made from organically grown grapes and vinified according to traditional methods.One wine that’s easy to like is Puffeney’s 2002 Arbois “Melon Queue Rouge” (loosely translated as “grape with a red tail”). This variety of Chardonnay is distinguished by a small pink region at one end of each berry. The wine is fermented in stainless steel then moved to wood for 18-24 months of aging before being bottled. Bearing the stamp of its unique Arbois terroir, if you enjoy fresh, non-oaky Chardonnay you will have no difficulty appreciating the taste of this wine.

    Puffeney does not fine or filter his wines; perhaps that shows in the juicy snap and volume of this flexible wine. Puffeney’s 2004 “Poulsard” is one of my favorite reds: light, lean, and amazingly mineral with beautiful notes of red fruits and a perfect acidity. This wine is a great summer red. It’s what I might drink on a sunny Sunday in a beatiful park. I love these wines–so much so that I am expanding my own collection. These wines age wonderfully.

    Jacques Puffeney has approximately 15 hectares (37 acres) of vineyard holdings are planted to Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir. For the reds, the Poulsard grape experiences a 15 to 20 day skin contact while the Pinot Noir and the Trousseau grapes undergo at least a 3 week skin contact. They are then racked into foudres (not new) where the malolactic fermentation takes place. The reds are aged at least 24 months and sometimes 30 months in barrel depending upon the structure of the vintage. The 2004 “Vielles Vignes” is a blend of all three red varietals from the oldest vignes on the property.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Jacques Puffeney
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation Vieilles Vignes
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Jura
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Arbois

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  • In Cellars 6 (21%)
  • Consumed 23 (79%)

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