Situated at 7, rue de Bourgogne, in the center of Arbois, this building was constructed in the 17th century on the ramparts of the original village first established in the 13th century. In 1674, Arbois came under French control when the troops of Louis XIV laid siege to the town, which at the time was in the hands of the Hapsburg princes and the kings of Spain.
The name of our street, rue de Bourgogne, evokes and highlights the common history of Arbois, the Jura and the neighboring region of Burgundy, all of which at one point composed the region of Comté. These historical connections are manifest in the numerous mansions adjacent to La Closerie, like the Cave de la Reine Jeanne. In 2007, La Closerie les Capucines was entirely renovated from its entrance through to its back garden, which borders the Cuisance River flowing through the village of Arbois. We constantly strive to improve the physical infrastructure while offering a pied-a-terre full of the history of Arbois.
In May 2018, La Closerie les Capucines joined the Mad Rose Group in furtherance of the commitment of Neal Rosenthal, its founder, to promote the terroir of the Jura to which he has been attached for forty years. Rosenthal Wine Merchant is a New York City based importer of the classical wines of western Europe since 1977. Neal has always specialized in presenting the highest quality, limited production wines from small, family-run estates throughout France, Italy, Switzerland and Catalonia. At the core of his work is the dedication to wines of terroir and the men and women who work diligently to respect this important concept. He has been particularly active in the Jura and, during one of his numerous visits to his growers, Neal was introduced to La Closerie les Capucines by his good friend and comrade, Jacques Puffeney. The opportunity to acquire La Closerie arose and the story now continues…
At La Closerie, Elise Vincent-Foléat, the director of the hotel, will greet you as a member of our family. For many, the region of the Jura is unknown; we are here to counsel you and guide you to the many beautiful sights to see and events to experience. La Closerie les Capucines is a place for the curious, for those who love food and wine, the arts and artisans, and nature at its most stunning.
In our sumptuous house, you can take advantage of the comfortable and uniquely decorated rooms, a large garden that surrounds the swimming pool and our welcoming sauna. In our wine bar, we invite you to enjoy a glass of wine from the many estates the Mad Rose Group represents while learning more about the vibrant viticulture of the Jura and beyond. Or perhaps enjoy your wine from the rooftop terrace with its view of the hills of Pupillin.
You will be treated to a copious breakfast that includes freshly squeezed juices, locally produced hams and cheeses, breads and pastries fresh from the baker’s oven, the finest selection of coffee and teas brewed to order… all personally chosen to offer the best of Arbois and the Jura.
Elise and her team are always at your service. It is our pleasure to assist you in discovering the joy of the Jura. Join us at La Closerie les Capucines where you will always be welcome.
Elise Vincent-Foléat, our director of operations, joyfully welcomes you throughout the day. Elise spent thirteen years at the Domaine Les Matheny in collaboration with her partner, Emeric Foléat,. In June 2018, at Neal Rosenthal’s urging, she joined the La Closerie les Capucines’ team, bringing her broad and deep local experience to the direction of the house. She orchestrates all to bring each of our guests a memorable experience. Elise, mother of two beautiful girls who will surely pass your way from time-to-time, is also a dedicated reader of novels and an author in formation.
Elise is supported by Florian Guinchard, a long-term friend and associate, who joined La Closerie in the autumn of 2018 as Creative Director. Florian, an avid cyclist, will share his deep knowledge of the region and his favorite cycling routes as well as his football predictions and his passion for the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard.
Founded in 1977 in New York City by Neal Rosenthal, the Mad Rose Group is above all a specialist in the importation into the US of European wines of exceptional quality produced in limited quantities by artisanal family domaines in France, Italy, Switzerland and Catalonia. These wines are chosen as the finest expressions of their respective terroirs and represent the very personal voices and talents of the men and women who produce them.
Over the decades, Neal Rosenthal has built formidable relationships with many artisans and vignerons, innkeepers and chefs, all of whose work can be shared and appreciated through the Mad Rose Group.
Today, the Mad Rose Group continues its search for the finest in wine (Rosenthal Wine Merchant), food (Mad Rose Specialty Foods) and travel experiences (Mad Rose Journeys) and now draws within its family the unique and compelling hotel, La Closerie les Capucines, a gem of Arbois in the heart of the French Jura.
Importantly, the enterprises of the Mad Rose Group work together to connect people to place.
They are bound by three values: respect for the artisan – for his/her craft as well as financial viability, an unwavering respect for the natural world and a passion for helping others better understand it, and honoring of the human imagination – doing all within our power to foster creative thinking across business, the arts and science.
At La Closerie les Capucines, we are here to enhance your experience of our terroir and our region. Discover the mountains and the countryside, the flora and fauna of this magical land, through hiking or cycling. Visit the finest wine producers of the region, represented by Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Take advantage of massage services rendered by practiced hands. Participate in wine tastings and cooking lessons. Visit potters and artists of all types.
Experience the Jura through our local partners, artisans all who share our love of this region and the spirit of discovery we bring to this special place. Hiking guides, sporting coaches, sommeliers, massage therapists and more … all made available for your pleasure through La Closerie les Capucines.