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Pauline & Géraud Fromont

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

VigneronPauline & Géraud Fromont
LocationSainte-Agnès (Jura)
Size of Domaine10 ha
TerroirContinental climate. White marls and limestone in Cesancey, red marl and limestone with fossils in Vincelles and Sainte Agnès. West to south facing slopes. 250-330m altitude.
ViticultureCertified Organic (Ecocert)
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Natives of the Jura, both Pauline and Géraud’s families owned tiny plots (used to make wine for home consumption) and spending time in the vines in their childhood was enough to give them the wine bug. They met while studying winemaking in Dijon and created Domaine des Marnes Blanches when they returned to the Jura in 2006.

They farmed organically from the word go and have added parcels along the way to reach a total of 10ha today, spread across three towns in the Sud-Revermont (south of the Côtes-du-Jura AC): Cesancey, their first acquisition, is home to the white marl after which the domaine is named, while Vincelles and Ste-Agnès have more varied soil types, the majority being red marl and gryphées (limestone rich in fossils).

They recently built a new winery off the main road in Ste-Agnès which gives them plenty of space and allows them to vinify and age every parcel separately. Wild yeast fermentation is the norm, wines are fermented in stainless steel and then aged in minimum 5yo 228 to 600ltr barrels. Sulphur is used sparsely for the whites or not at all for the reds.

Their range concentrates on topped up chardonnay and savagnin, but they also offer tiny quantities of trousseau and poulsard and make a very useful Vin Jaune.

It is also worth adding that Géraud responded to the loss to frost of 90% of their 2017 production by setting up a micro-brewery along with another of our suppliers Guillaume Overnoy. This will help the domaine to make ends meet when weather intervenes adversely in the future.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches Wines

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2017
Les Molates
100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

An assemblage of different parcels on marl and limestone soils in Gevingey, 35yo vines on average, facing west. After the ravages of frost, the yield was just 5hh in 2017. Vinified and aged in foudres with no bâtonnage, 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 of around 20mg/l (similar to all their whites).

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2016
En Quatre Vis
100% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

This comes from the same Cesancey 40yo vineyard as the chardonnay En Quatre Vis, and was aged in fûts for a year and then foudres for the second year before bottling in July 2018. This wine has exceptional balance, there is real class, it is spicier on the nose, and offers stewed citrus fruits followed by characteristic gentle bitters on the finish.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2016
Les Normins
100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

Marnes Blanches’ top chardonnay is made from 65yo vines on poor, iron rich, fossilized limestone with marls at depth. The limestone gives an extra peps, energy and class to the wine, that was aged in 5yo barrels. It has a briny, iodine quality, and a buttery fruit that puts one in mind of serious wine from the Côte de Beaune.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2018
Les Molates
100% Savagnin (13% alc.)

The Molates savagnin comes from vines in Gevingey and was aged in foudres for 11 months. It is spot on with classic confit lemon flavours and notable bitters on the finish.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

VIN JAUNE 2011
100% Savagnin (14% alc.)

Aged in 10 to 20yo 228ltr barrels, stored on the first floor of their house with windows opened to the elements throughout the year, this was bottled after almost seven years sous voile in July 2018. This is an elegant, forward style of Vin Jaune, with excellent fruit that is not covered up by the oxidative notes. We are a big fan of the 2011 vintage in Jura for oxidative wines – all the elements seem to be in balance. You can drink the wines with great pleasure in their youth, but they’ll age too and develop extra complexity. For drinking now to 2030.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2017
100% Trousseau (12% alc.)

Yields were less than 7hh in 2017, and Gérard made a tiny quantity of trousseau, vinifying whole bunches with a cuvaison of 10/12 days. A very pale colour, extraction was clearly very delicate, but the wine has weight and some grip, and a very perfumed retro-nasal quality.

Domaine des Marnes Blanches

CÔTES-DU-JURA 2014
Vin de Paille
50% Savagnin, 50% Chardonnay (14% alc, 90g/l of rs)

After drying the grapes on beds of straw in small wooden baskets in their ‘grenier’, Gérard and Pauline pressed the raisin like grapes at the end of winter, and fermentation then ticked away slowly in old barrels during a three-year élevage. Sometimes we find too much alcohol burn in vin de paille but this example is well-balanced offering a lovely freshness, with sumptuous quince and orange marmalade flavours. For drinking to 2024.

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