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Côtes-du-Jura, L'Etoile and Château-Chalon

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  • 54. Côtes du Jura AC 2015 Ploussard, Le Plou

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    Les Granges Pâquenesses

    100% Poulsard (12% alc.)

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    Loreline has a tiny plot of 40 year old vines in red marl soils on the fine hillside of La Côte de Feule in Pupillin. Destalked by hand, the grapes are not crushed but fermented whole during a 20 day fermentation under carbon dioxide. Aged in cuve it has a very pale pinot colour, a subtle teasing quality on the palate, fresh red fruits, spices, hint of game and good bite on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 55. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Trousseau

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    Les Granges Pâquenesses

    100% Trousseau (13.8% alc.)

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    Loreline produces just 600 litres of this excellent wine from 25 yo vines and a south facing vineyard with a gravelly topsoil near to the Chateau-Chalon village of Voiteur. Yields are a low 32hh and in 2015 they have given a wine with much more intensity than usual, that is thoroughly ripe, with mulberry fruit and typical hint of spice. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 56. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Chardonnay, La Mamette

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    Les Granges Pâquenesses

    100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    This comes from 40-50 year old vines (yielding just 20hh in 2013) planted just south of Arbois in a soil which is essentially marl but also contains some limestone. Aged in topped up 3-5 year old barrels for 15 months, this is an elegant, racy wine, with a hint of menthol on the nose, and on the palate offers citrus fruits with a marked refreshing mineral cut. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 57. Côtes du Jura AC 2015 Savagnin, La Pierre

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    Les Granges Pâquenesses

    100% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

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    La Pierre is the name of the lieu-dit in Pupillin, where the 25 year old vines areplanted in a light, sandy soil. This is a notably elegant style of topped up savagnin which shows its supreme versatility as a food wine. Aged in three to five year old barrels this has zesty lime on the nose, there is a perfect play of fruit and acidity on the palate, with stewed lemons, menthol hint, spice and characteristic salinity and attractive bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 58. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2011 Savagnin, La Pierre sous Voile

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    Les Granges Pâquenesses

    100% Savagnin (12.5%)

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    Loreline has displayed admirable patience waiting for this excellent oxidative wine, giving it five and a half years elevage sous voile in older barrels. It was aged in a draughty attic on the first floor of her farm whose doors are opened to the elements throughout the whole year. It is a delicate style of oxidative wine - too often the oxidation can be a little overwhelming. But here the fruit feels very detailed, with fresh walnut and truffley notes mingling with stewed lemons and bitters with a refreshing cut. For drinking now to 2030.

  • 59. Côtes du Jura AC 2013, Sous le Cerisier

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    100% Chardonnay (12.4% alc.)

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    Ludwig produces this very elegant, subtle chardonnay from 30 to 55 year old vines on an exceptional terroir sited on a lower southerly hillside in the Château-Chalon AC village of Voiteur where there is a limestone layer in the subsoil rich in marine fossils at a point where younger Lias marls change to Triassic marls. Aged for 18 months in five to twelve year old topped up barrels, on the nose there is a hint of almond and it’s notably saline. The palate is complex with hints of white peach, apricot, aniseed, menthol (often the mark of the best terroirs), you don’t notice any oak, and the finish is clear cut and saline. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 60. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2012 Savagnin

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    100% Savagnin (12.7% alc.)

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    Ludwig bought this steep, south-west facing 0.5 hectare 50yo vineyard in Poligny four years ago. The vines here are essentially planted in broken up limestone with marls at depth. In this first vintage Ludwig made just four barrels that he topped up to avoid any oxidative effect and bottled in April 2015 with very low sulphur. Quite gras on the attack, the acidity follows closely behind, with typical gentle stewed lemons and bitters on the finish. Another brilliant example of this phenomenal grape variety. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 61. L'Etoile AC 2011, QV d'Etoiles

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    85% Chardonnay, 15% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

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    Ludwig’s finest cuvée of topped up white comes from the small appellation of L’Etoile which is primarily known for its oxidative wines but has fine terroir for making topped up wines as well. He makes just three barrels from a massale selction of 40 year old vines planted in Triassic marls. Aged for 33 months on the fine lees, itis consequently very stable and so needs little protection from sulphur. A beautiful pale gold colour, it is an incredibly stylish wine, quite exotic on the nose with vibrant citrus and tangerine fruit and marked salinity on the long finish. Perfect with oysters and most shellfish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 62. Côtes du Jura AC 2014, La Bardette (sold out)

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    Domaine Labet, Les Parcelles Rares

    100% Chardonnay (13.1% alc.)

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    Before you hit limestone, where you find lots of fossils and seashells, there’s only 40 to 60cm of marl here, and this has helped to give a very elegant, beautifully balanced wine, which has many of the qualities you would expect in a good Meursault. A very digestible wine with menthol hints that make you salivate. The Labet family have always believed this is one of their best terroirs and it rightly became one of their Parcelles Rares selections from the 2012 vintage (with a fab new label too).Just 23mg/l of sulphur. For drinking now to2019+.

  • 63. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Chardonnay Les Molates

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    Domaine des Marnes Blanches

    100% Chardonnay (13.5% alc.)

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    An assemblage of different parcels on marl and limestone soils in Gevingey, 35yo vines on average.  45hh, no batonnage, no racking and aged in 5yo barrels, the wine was bottled in July. This is a very well balanced wine, with zesty lemony fruit and is the first of the Marnes Blanches chardonnays to open out. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 64. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine des Marnes Blanches

    100% Chardonnay (14% alc.)

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    A selection of west facing 60yo vines on marl in Cesancey, with the yields here dropping down to 30hh. It was aged in 5yo barrels like the Molates, and is a much denser, more powerful, complex wine that will age well. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 65. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Chardonnay En Levrette

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    Domaine des Marnes Blanches

    100% Chardonnay (14% alc.)

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    Marnes Blanche’s top chardonnay is made from old vines on poor, iron rich, fossilized limestone. The limestone gives an extra peps and energy to the wine, though it still has the depth and power typical of the 2015 vintage. More than a match for pretty serious Burgundy. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 66. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Savagnin En Quatre Vis

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    Domaine des Marnes Blanches

    100% Savagnin (13.5% alc.)

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    This comes from the same Cesancey vineyard as the Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes, although the vines are a little younger- 50 yo and 20yo for the parcel most recently planted. This wine has exceptional balance, its stewed citrus fruits followed by characteristic gentle bitters on the finish. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 67. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2015 Poulsard

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    Domaine des Marnes Blanches

    100% Poulsard (13% alc.)

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    Wholebunch fermentation in fibreglass tanks for a period of 2 weeks, with no punch down or pumping over, then aged in old oak and bottled without fining or filtration (and no added sulphur). There’s a bit of extra structure and depth in this wine (some poulsard are a little too like light rosé) – that reminds me of a Puffeney poulsard. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 68. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2016 Savagnin Arco (sold out)

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    Les Dolomies

    100% Savagnin (13 % alc.)

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    20-25yo vines on stony marl soils on a steep, south–west facing hillside in Nevy-sur-Seille, a village entitled to the Château-Chalon appellation. Arco is the name of one of the two donkeys they use to harvest the grapes. Fermented and aged in 10yo barrels with a good proportion of demi-muids, this is a sensational wine with a rapier cut of acidity cutting through the vibrant citrus flavours, with an intense mineral, saline impression on the finish. Low sulphur. VLQ. Available May. For drinking now to 2021+

  • 69. Côtes du Jura AC 2015 (POA)

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    Domaine Macle

    100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Laurent made just four barrels of this wine from 25 year-old  vines planted in limestone-clay soils on Château-Chalon’s north facing slope. Aged for 18 months in three year old barrels during which time it was simply topped up, this wine has good weight, texture and length, typical almondy notes and finishes quite saline. For drinking now to 2022+.

  • 70. Côtes du Jura AC 2012

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    Domaine Macle

    80% Chardonnay, 20% Savagnin (13.5% alc.)

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    This oxidative cuvée shows just what an incredible affect just 15% of savagnin can have on overall flavour. After a year of normal fermentation and ageing in cuve, this wine was then transferred into 50 year old barrels and aged under flor for three years before bottling in April 2015. It’s by far and away the best example of this style of wine that I have tried, with a silky texture and notable terroir print on the finish. It is very complex, with floral notes, beeswax, acacia honey, walnut and almond, a good weight and subtle bitters on the finish. It’s easy to drink and has a surprising versatility with food. And it's unquestionably the bargain in our list….there aren't too many other whites in the world that will still be going strong as this in 30yrs! For drinking now to 2041.

  • 71. Château-Chalon AC 2008 (sold out)

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    Domaine Macle

    100% Savagnin (14% alc.)

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    This vin jaune is Macle’s speciality and a profound wine of the highest class. Vinified in cuve for a year it was then transferred into old barrels and aged under flor for a further six years, where the aromas and flavours are all naturally amplified. Incredibly complex on the nose you note stewed prunes, figs, chestnut, straw, and on the attack there is an incredible tension between the richness and acidity, with the terroir for the moment slightly hidden. I wouldn’t touch a bottle until it was a minimum 10 years old – I tried a sensational bottle of the 1982 at the domaine that was still young. Very limited quantity available. For drinking now to 2100.

  • 72. Macvin du Jura AC

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    Domaine Macle

    50% Chardonnay, 50% Savagnin (17.5% alc, 145 g/l of rs))

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    Macvin is made by adding one third grape marc to two thirds grape juice. The Macle family use their own marc, which is a blend of savagnin and chardonnay and aged for six years - most marcs are a maximum of three year old. You can clearly taste the two grapes in this exceptional example (2009), chardonnay’s citrus fruits, and the richer more structured savagnin with stewed lemons and ripe grapefruit on the nose and more exotic fruit like papaya on the palate. Best chilled with desserts or simply enjoyed by itself at the end of a meal. For drinking now to 2020.