Jura

Jura

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Montbourgeau - L'Etoile Chardonnay 2018 – Sku: 3545 – 52
Montbourgeau
2018
Etoile PDO
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Guillaume - Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2019 – Sku: 3402 – 103
Guillaume Vineyard
2019
PGI of Franche Comté
€15.90
Guillaume - Pinot Noir Les Vieilles Vignes 2018 – Sku: 3492 – 53
Guillaume Vineyard
2018
PGI of Franche Comté
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Marnes Blanches - Crémant du Jura – Sku: 3624 – 40
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Crémant-du-Jura PDO
€16.90
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Marnes Blanches - Macvin – Sku: 3626 – 35
White Marls
Macvin du Jura PDO
€19.90
Montbourgeau - L'Etoile En Banode 2018 – Sku: 3552 – 43
Montbourgeau
2018
Etoile PDO
€19.90
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Marnes Blanches - Chardonnay Les Molates 2020 – Sku: 3671 – 31
White Marls
2020
Côtes-du-Jura PDO
€19.90
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Marnes Blanches - Crémant du Jura Réserve – Sku: 3625 – 52
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Crémant-du-Jura PDO
€21.00
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Marnes Blanches - Savagnin Les Molates 2020 – Sku: 3615 – 34
White Marls
2020
Côtes-du-Jura PDO
€21.50
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Marnes Blanches - Chardonnay En Quatre Vis 2019 – Sku: 3513 – 88
White Marls
2019
Côtes-du-Jura PDO
Special Price €21.50 Regular Price €22.90
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Marnes Blanches - Poulsard 2020 – Sku: 3620 – 22
White Marls
2020
Côtes-du-Jura PDO
€21.90
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Stéphane Tissot - DD 2019 – Sku: 3524 – 39
Stéphane Tissot
2019
Arbois PDO
€21.90
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The Jura, a vineyard with a strong personality

With some 2,000 hectares of vines, it is one of the smallest vineyards in France. In Franche-Comté, between the Bresse plain and the first plateau of the mountainous massif, the Jura vineyard certainly has a small production level, but it has such a personality that it cannot go unnoticed. Moreover, the wines of the Jura have long remained unknown, even misunderstood; they are currently experiencing a period of full renaissance. Discover the emblematic wines of this region as well as its inimitable specialities, such as vin jaune and vin de paille.

General presentation

The Jura vineyards extend over the Revermont, a thin strip about 5 km wide that runs along the first cliffs of the Jura. It is 70 km long and lies between the communes of Salins-les-Bains and the Ain. The vines are cultivated both on the plain and on the first slopes of the Jura massif. These different terroirs and climates give rise to a variety of wines, often with a strong personality:

  • Red wines: single variety or a blend of poulsard, trousseau and pinot noir grapes
  • Rosé wines: most often based on poulsard
  • White wines: chardonnay or a blend of chardonnay and savagnin
  • Crémants: chardonnay, poulsard and pinot noir

The different grape varieties

In the Jura, white wines dominate. The most common grape variety is chardonnay. However, it is the Savagnin that gives the Jura wines their identity. This grape variety produces powerful and original whites, whose nutty aromas are renowned for being a perfect match for the local cheese, Comté. Savagnin is also used to produce the famous yellow wine.

For the reds and rosés, the trousseau, poulsard and pinot noir grapes are used. The poulsard, which is called ploussard in Pupillin, is in the majority and allows the production of aromatic and fine wines. The trousseau offers rich and full-bodied wines. These two grape varieties are mainly grown in the Arbois-Pupillin region, in the heart of the vineyard. Pinot Noir is mainly used in blends.

The appellations

The vast majority of the Jura's wine-growing area is AOC. In the Jura, there are 7 appellations.

The geographical appellations

Four main geographical appellations are defined:

  • Arbois: this is the densest appellation in the vineyard; it was also the first French AOC to be created, in 1936. The wines of Arbois and Arbois-Pupillin are produced in 12 communes from the 5 local grape varieties: trousseau and ploussard for the red wines, which dominate local production, but also savagnin, pinot noir and chardonnay.
  • Château-Chalon: the home of yellow wine. The 60 hectares of savagnin in the appellation are used exclusively to produce this very special wine.
  • L'Etoile: this appellation area is located not far from Lons-le-Saunier. Chardonnay dominates and allows the production of dry white wines. Savagnin and Poulsard are also cultivated in this region where we also find vin de paille and vin jaune.
  • Côtes du Jura: this is the most extensive appellation in the vineyard. It goes from the border with the Ain in the south to Salins-les-Bains in the north, passing through Beaufort, Sellières, Poligny, etc. It therefore allows you to get to know all the Jura grape varieties, although the whites and crémants dominate. The Trousseau-Ploussard blends produce Côtes du Jura Tradition.

The Jura vineyards also have a PGI: Côteaux-de-l'Ain du Revermont.

The "product" designations

Three AOCs are attributed to Jura products:

  • Crémant du Jura: a sparkling wine produced throughout most of the region.
  • Macvin: this is a blend of Jura marc and unfermented must. This liqueur wine is available in red or white, depending on the grape varieties used.
  • Marc du Jura: this is the latest Jura PDO.

Local specialities

It is impossible to talk about the Jura vineyards without mentioning two typical specialities of the region.

Yellow wine, the "Gold of the Jura

It can be recognised first of all by its bottle, called "clavelin", which holds 62 cl. Yellow wine is made from Savagnin grapes and expresses all its aromas. It is its long and singular maturing method that makes it an exceptional product. After fermentation, it is kept under veil and without topping up, in oak barrels, for 6 years and 3 months. After this long ageing period, as no external intervention has taken place, only the 62 cl sold in clavelin remain from the original litre, the rest being the object of what is called "the angels' share".

The straw wine

This sweet wine is made from dried grapes (Savagnin, Chardonnay or Poulsard) and concentrated in sugar. These bunches are usually harvested at the beginning of the harvest so that they are free of any rot. They are then put to dry on straw, hence the name of the wine. They may also be placed on racks or hung on wires. It is usually between Christmas and February that the grapes can finally be pressed, when their sugar content is optimal. The yield is very low, which is why straw wine is sold in 37.5 cl bottles.

Le vignoble

Anne and J-F Ganevat

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre

A very high level and ultra original Margaux... Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre is an extraordinary wine made from 68 vintages (in 2018) of Jean-Pierre Boyer's 13 hectare vineyard. A unique wine made with the 4 Bordeaux grape varieties and aged only in concrete vats. BAMA (as the aficionados of the domain say) is distinguished by its not very intense colour, closer to a pinot than a cabernet, a not very powerful palate but with a distinction, a perfume and a rare finesse, very suave in its tannins. It has taken the good habit of challenging the greatest Medocs because it is able to age gracefully for several decades like its much more expensive Medoc counterparts..

Camille Loye

François Mossu

Jacques Puffeney

Jacques Puffeney, an emblematic figure of the yellow wines of Arbois, vinified his first vintage in 1962, at Montigny les Arsures, only 12 hectolitres were produced at that time. Poulsard, pinot noir, trousseau, chardonnay and savagnin make up the grape varieties of the 5 hectares of the estate today.

Jean Macle

Jean-François Ganevat

Jean-François Ganevat, known as Fanfan, returned to his roots in 1998, to the Combe de Rotalier, after having been cellar master at the Domaine Morey in Chassagne Montrachet. Each year he makes around forty cuvées from parcel selections of 25 different grape varieties on 9 hectares of clay, schist and marl, with very old vines, 80 years old for the yellow one and a hundred years old for others.

La Tournelle

Labet

"Julien Labet, with the help of his brother and sister, has taken over his father Alain's vineyards, which are now grouped together under a single entity: Domaine Labet. (...) Numerous micro-parcels (between 15 and 80 ares, often from old vines) are vinified by Julien, both in white (all ouillés) and in red, the latter being perhaps the most exceptional to be born today in the region. Sulphur levels are very low but the balance is impossible to fault in the wines. The estate is now one of the spearheads of the Jura revival." RVF Guide 2018

White Marls

Montbourgeau

Stéphane Tissot

The Domaine André et Mireille Tissot of Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot was created in 1962 and is located in Montigny-les-Arsures, a small town close to Arbois, the capital of Jura wines. Stéphane Tissot and his wife Bénédicte officially took over the estate in 1990.

Guillaume Vineyard

Cavarodes

Etienne Thiebaud created the Domaine des Cavarodes in 2007, in the village of Cramans, about 15km from Arbois in the northern Jura, close to Arc et Senans. He produces wines of incredible purity that reflect the terroir on both sides of the Loue River in the Jura and Franche-Comté.