JURA 101 (12.5.19)

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France's Alpine Wonderland

The Jura, one of our favorite wine regions (right up there with Champagne, Burgundy, and Barolo too!). Tucked away in a sleepy corner of France, only an hour east of its more illustrious neighbor Burgundy.

While the notoriety of Burgundy and the Jura couldn't be more opposite, their wines possess the same mesmerizing beauty. They share familial heritage (nothing is corporate owned), grape varieties and soil types. But until recent years, most of the wines from these mountainous sites were consumed locally.

Give thanks to globalization (in this case, at least)! After so many decades, these wondrous, enchanting, and utterly delicious wines are finally in our grasp!  
The land of unsung heroes. Idiosyncratic whites with precise fruit and sharp acidity. Delicate and elegant reds that stand up to the most beautiful Burgundys. And can age like them too! 

 While the Central Coast becomes more Burgundian and Napa more Bordeliase. The wines from the Jura can not be replicated anywhere else in the world. These cut to the heart of what sets wine apart from all other beverages. When you drink Jura, its heritage, land, and culture becomes part of you.  

Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot 'Indigène' NV $42.99

Spearheaded by its second generation, the Tissot family makes an astounding 28 wines from a mere 40 hectares. This cuvée encapsulates the spirit of the Jura. Chardonnay dominant, with Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard lending their supporting hands. Bursting with ripe honey crisp apple, there's a slight nutty aroma reminiscent of old-school Champagne. Bright and lively, the palate's citrus cut balances all that buttery brioche on the long finish.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches 'Les Molates' 2017 $34.99
Marnes Blanches is a true treasure on our shelves. Named for the white marl soils found here, the terroir resembles Burgundy in every way. Pauline and Géraud Fromont make several cuvées, showcasing the variety of wines this unique place can create. 'Les Molates' is a bright, un-oxidized Chardonnay from younger vines. Aged in neutral oak for 18 months before bottling. Boasting fresh aromas of white flowers, beeswax, lemon meringue, and chamomile. The body is lean and delicate, carrying notes of ripe yellow apple backed by a salty mineral finish.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches 'Les Normins' FR 2016 $35.99

'Les Normins' is another topped-up Chardonnay from the Formont couple. From 75-year-old vines planted in white marl under limestone. The wine is aged for 23 months in neutral oak. A beautiful golden color, intense, heady floral aromas of honeycomb, toasted almond and lemon. The flavors are captivating, boasting notes of Comté (the local cheese here) and, surprisingly enough, ripe red fruits. An immensely versatile wine to pair with anything from delicate fish to charcuterie. This powerful wine will age for years to come.

Domaine de la Touraize 'Les Moulins' 2017 $29.99

André-Jean and Héléana Morin own this tiny 12 hectare estate. This cuvée is predominately Savagnin, another Jura native variety, mellowed out with a little Chardonnay. The wine is aged in foudre, on its lees, and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Grown in blue marl soil, there's a creamy mouthfeel balanced by racy acidity that makes it a showstopper. If you like Chablis, this is the wine for you. Zippy yet round, ripe, fresh, and mineral driven. Begging to be enjoyed with your favorite cheese plate.

Domaine du Pelican, Arbois 2017 $46.99

Guillaume D'Angerville has been making some of the best wines in Burgundy for the last decade. After a blind taste of a Jura Chardonnay, (one of the Tissot's!) he decided it was time to branch out of his home base in Volnay. D'Angerville's arrival in the Jura was met with skepticism from locals, but his affinity for the region was soon made clear. Acquiring one of Arbois' most heralded vineyards from the 'Pope of Jura', Jacques Puffeney. This is modern Jura, un-oxidized Savagnin, bursting with juicy Meyer lemon and beguiling acidity, balanced by a mineral backbone that is undoubtedly Jura. The quintessential white wine from this sweetheart region.

Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot 'DD' 2018 $34.99

The perfect Jura mash-up! And quite smash-able! The philosophy at Tissot is to achieve the maximum expression of their terroirs. To maintain the wines' identities, nuances, and characteristics. Bénédicte and Stéphane blend Pinot Noir with Trousseau and Poulsard to make this idealistic Jura red. The perfect intro red. Clean, precise, juicy red fruits give way to earth, minerals and cleansing acidity. Simply roast a chicken and toast your decision to stay home, because it's a combo that can't be beat! 

Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot, Poulsard Vieilles Vignes' 2018 $39.99

Any Jura enthusiast could wax poetic about Poulsard, but I'll keep it short. Elegant, feminine, light to medium bodied; Burgundy enthusiasts take note. Bénedicte & Stéphane source the fruit from 45 to 90 year-old vines planted in clay soils. Tart, smoky cranberries, blood orange and iron intertwine with a high-toned, crunchy minerality, tinged with spice and alpine essence. If you like Pinot Noir, do yourselves a favor and take a walk on the wild side. With a little more structure and tannins, this is an ideal wine for charcuterie or heartier meat dishes.

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