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

    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+.

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Winemaker
Julien, Romain and Charline Labet
Location
Lieu-dit “La Bardette”, Rotalier, Jura
Size of domaine
10 hectares of which Bardette comprises 0.55ha.
Grape
Chardonnay from massale selection from the domaine. 65 years old vines. Trained to single or double Guyot depending on the vigour.
Terroir
Blue clay from Lias and marine fossils on calcareous rock of Bathonien at a 230meter elevation. 10% slopes facing west and with a 20-40cm top soil.
Viticulture
De-bud and no green harvest. Grass between rows and lightly ploughed alternate rows each May. Plough the other rows the next year. Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate and hydrated lime) to prevent mildew and flowers of sulphur against Oidium. No herbicides or pest control. Natural fertiliser is added very occasionally. Manual selection during harvest rather than ‘table de trie’. Yield of 50 h/h
Vinification
Pneumatic pressing with stems for 2 hours 15 mins and then juice settles for 12 hours. Fermentation at 18°C in 4-10 year old fûts using natural yeast and for 10 months. Full malo-lactic. Barrels are topped up ‘ouillage’ to minimise oxidation. Élevage in a mixture of 4 to 10 year old barrels for 18months without racking but with some lees stirring (batonnage). One domaine bottling in May without fining or filtration. Corks are natural 49 x 24 Manuel Serra.
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