Allante & Boulanger

VigneronMathieu Allante & Christian Boulanger
LocationGizia, Rotalier (Jura)
Size of Domaine3.2 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Triassic and Jurassic marls on Bajocian limestone. Gentle slopes mostly south and west facing. 250-320m altitude.
ViticulturePractising biodynamic
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Christian Boulanger has been working with the Labets for 15 years and is part of the family, a third sibling for Charline, Romain and Julien. Despite having imported the Labet wines for almost two decades we had to go all the way to Copenhagen to drink our first bottle of Allante & Boulanger. A splendid Phenomaynal 2014 at the must-visit Barabbas restaurant.

Christian and his friend Mathieu Allante have been gathering small parcels over the years, patiently waiting for opportunities, leasing, buying, clearing land and recovering abandoned vineyards. They are two men for two cellars: one in Rotalier where Christian lives and one at Mathieu’s in Gizia 15km south, a set up somehow practical since their vines are in between these two villages.

Their day job is still their main source of income and they make a point of being financially independent, without pressure from banks or anyone else for that matter. They want to be able to take risks and avoid compromising to fully express their sensitivity and creativity making sulphur-free wines from sustainable farming.

This is an exciting project with a clear progress margin, and we are proud of supporting Mathieu and Christian on their path to excellence.

Christian Boulanger

Allante & Boulanger Wines

Allante & Boulanger

Vin de France
100% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

90yo chardonnay on red marl over 'éboulis calcaires' in the village of Maynal, this parcel was taken over in 2005 at the start of Christian and Mathieu’s project, having previously been worked by their mate Fanfan (JF Ganevat). Fermentation and 24 months ageing on fine lees in 10yo demi-muids. This wine has a moreish and voluptuous texture perfectly balanced by zingy bitters. The emblematic and catchy label was drawn by a close friend, the depicted hand combines the sensual and feminine side of wine with the rough manual work of a vigneron(ne).

Allante & Boulanger

Vin de France
70% Chardonnay, 30% Savagnin (13% alc.)

La Barde aka La Bardette is a prestigious lieu-dit and fine terroir in Sud-Revermont (think Domaine Labet). The 90yo vines are planted on shallow red clay topsoil over hard limestone in which many fossilized seashells can be found. Vinified and aged in 228ltr barrels for 24 months, the savagnin spices up the chiselled and beautifully balanced chardonnay, adding impact and depth to the blend – a powerful wine perfectly framed by savoury minerals.

Allante & Boulanger

Vin de France
100% Savagnin (12% alc.)

Mathieu and Christian recovered a historical terroir in Gizia at 400m altitude, turning a once-prestigious south-facing amphitheatre from fallow land to cultivated field, and in 2013, planting savagnin vert et jaune on grey marlstone and schist. Aged for two years in old 228ltr barrels, this is vibrant, deep and rich, with a perfectly pitched oxidation which makes for a versatile wine when it comes to food matching.

Allante & Boulanger

Vin de France
35% Petit Béclan, 35% Gamay, 20% Poulsard, 10% Pinot Noir (12% alc.)

"Virtually extinct Jura vine" is how Jancis, Julia and José describe the petit béclan in their book of reference Wine Grapes. Planted with some gamay and poulsard on a southern exposed clayey slope in the village of Gizia, its small bunches and thick skin bring rusticity to this atypical Jura blend. Totally destemmed and cofermented, aged in 300ltr barriques for 12 months, it has a dense and grippy structure with ripe black fruit and moreish acids.