"Fête de Biou" - Biou festival
The "Fête de Biou" is celebrated the first Sunday of September. We read about this festival in the wine museum and saw some photos there, it's an old custom. A so-called Biou is made of bunches of white and red grapes, with same flowers put on the top and two Arbois flags. It weights 80-100 kg. Then there's a procession, where some winegrowers carry the Biou through the streets. Afterwards they Biou is hung in the church Saint Juste where it will hang for some weeks. We were lucky to see the Biou there hanging, looks nice!
Special wine: Vin Jaune & Vin de Paille
The Vin Jaune is a unique wine of the Jura region, that is also produced in Arbois. It stays in oak barrels for 6 years and 3 months and during that time a veil of natural yeast emerges on the surface of the wine. Under this veil the wine develops its special aroma. The yellow wine comes in a 62cl bottle and is pretty expensive, costing more than 20 Euros. In the huge supermarkets you sometimes get it a bit cheaper.
Another special wine is the Vin de Paille, the straw wine. It's called like this because the grapes were historically dried on a bed of straw. The best grapes are taken and dried for several months. Then they are pressed and the wine is put into oak barrels to stay there for at least 2 or 3 years. The Vin de Paille is a sweet wine and comes in small bottles of 37,5 cl. It's also pretty expensive, which is no surprise as you get just 15 to 18 liter out of 100 kg of grapes!
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