To celebrate the centenary of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) in 2024, its president, Professor Luigi Moio, has selected a specific vintage in collaboration with Jean-François Curie and the Boisset family, known for their excellent wines. and current owners of Domaine Maire et Fils. For this project, several plot selections of Pinot Noir de Arbois from the 2022 vintage have been made available.
This plan materialized after the discovery of some bottles of Vigne de l’OIV wine in the OIV cellar. These bottles were donated to Arbois 30 years ago, in 1994, by Mr. Henri Maire. In honor of this gesture and with a creative vision, Professor Moio has decided to combine these geographical and historical elements to create a cuvée from the same terroir, based on the 2022 vintage, the bicentenary year of the birth of Pasteur, who made his first oenological experiments in Arbois.
Luigi Moio is known for his work identifying the aromas of Pinot Noir, a task he also carried out 30 years ago as a postdoctoral researcher at INRA’s Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Aromes and at the Institut Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin from the University of Bourgogne in Dijon. Following this line of work, the President of the OIV has chosen to dedicate this cuvée to Pinot Noir, seeking to express the aromatic range of this grape variety where aromas of small red fruits predominate, accompanied by soft and silky tannins.
Fascinated by the project, Jean-François Curie and the Boisset family, current owners of Domaine Maire et Fils, have provided Luigi Moio with several selections of plots of Pinot Noir de Arbois from the 2022 vintage. After three tasting sessions in September 2022 and in March and June 2023, the President of the OIV worked closely with oenologist Jacques Hauller, director of the Domaine Maire et Fils site, to select a cuvée from 30-year-old vines planted on clay-calcareous soils. During the final sensory evaluation session on June 22, the final cuvée was identified in the cellar as “H29”, the 29 being the day the OIV was founded in November 1924.