Joseph Dorbon

Joseph Dorbon, Vadans

Joseph Dorbon started making wine in 1989 from 2 hectares on the slope above Vadans, just 5 kilometers west of Arbois. His father was farming these 2 hectares before him, but didn’t bottle the wines under own label, all was sold in bulk. The vineyard was planted by his grandfather 1937 and 1957.


Farming has always been natural, and he makes the wines in a very traditional way, leaves them in his ancient cellar under flor for a long time before bottling and selling them. He’s the only guy in the village making wine, so if you want to try out ‘Vadans-terroir’, this is your choice.

All his white wines are non-topped up ones ‘sous voile’ are elegant, salty with backbone of delicious intense fruit and refreshing acidity.

2014 Cuvée des Moyne Vielles Vignes

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1937
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation on stainless steel over the winter and then aged for 3 years under flor in 500 liter old oak barrels before bottling.


2010 Savagnin

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1957
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and then aged for 6 years under flor in 500 liter old oak barrels before bottling.


2009 Vin Jaune

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1957
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 7 years under flor in 500 liler old oak barrels before bottling.


2016 Trousseau Vielles Vignes

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: Trousseau
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1957
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed followed by fermentation on the skins for 3 weeks before pressing. Aged for 18 months in stainless steel before bottling.


2015 Les Bernadines

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: 60% Poulsard 40% Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1957
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed followed by fermentation on the skins for 3 weeks before pressing. Aged for 2 years in in stainless steel before bottling.


2012 Macvin Blanc

Soil: Limestone and yellow marl, south exposition.
Grape: 1/3 Chardonnay 1/3 Savagnin 1/3 Marc
Appellation: AOC Macvin du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1937 and 1957
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press of the grapes before blending with the 5 years barrel aged marc. This unfermented ‘drink’ is then aged 2 years in old barriques before bottling.