In addition to the famous yellow wine, the small Jura region also produces great dry white wines, sometimes fresh and uncluttered, but most often intense and structured.
Small as it is, the Jura region is home to one of the most original vineyards in France. Its quilt of terroirs, its grape varieties, its climates and its microclimates have a role to play in the singularity of the wines, but it is above all thanks to the unique know-how and the independence of spirit of its winegrowers that this vineyard nestled between Burgundy and Switzerland shines as much.
The region is known for its famous yellow wine, a local specialty made from the Savagnin grape and aged in barrels for at least six years. A unique wine: intense, almost tannic and enhanced with aromas of nuts and curry reminiscent of certain sherry. Apart from this curiosity, the region also produces excellent dry white wines of Chardonnay or Savagnin. Sometimes fresh and refined, but more often intense and structured. Here are two to start your exploration.
Berthet-Bondet, Côtes du Jura 2016, Tradition
$ 38.25 – SAQ code: 11794694 – 13.5% – 1.3 g / L – Organic
Half of Jean Berthet-Bondet’s vineyard is located in the Château-Chalon appellation. Oxidative, like most Jura wines bearing the “tradition” label, this wine is the result of a blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin matured under veil for two years and a sort of reduced model of vin jaune. Without having all the intensity or depth, the wine has the same aromatic profile and offers an explosion of salty flavors reminiscent of nuts, but also miso paste, with a long umami finish. The texture is dense, rich in extracts and very good hold. No doubt, even if it already gives a lot of pleasure, it will keep in the cellar for at least 5-7 years.
$$$ 1⁄2 – ★★★★ 1⁄2
Daniel Dugois, Arbois 2018, Terre de Marne
$ 25.05 – SAQ code: 14024644 – 13.5% – 1.2 g / L
The Dugois family signs a purely tasty Chardonnay, very typical of wines from the Jura marl terroirs. The nose opens with delicate notes of reduction which only add to the aromatic complexity of the wine; aromas drawn by quality bitters. The palate is full-bodied, but super tight and endowed with an incredible structure for the price. A very Jura expression of Chardonnay. Excellent! $$ 1⁄2 – ★★★★
★★★ Very good
- More stars than dollars: well worth the price.
- As many stars as dollars: worth the price.
- Fewer stars than dollars: wine is expensive