Domaine Overnoy

VigneronGuillaume and Jean-Louis Overnoy
LocationOrbagna (Jura)
Size of Domaine5.5 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Triassic and Jurassic marls on Bajocian limestone. Gentle slopes mostly south and west facing. 250-320m altitude
ViticulturePractising organic, imminent certification
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The first vines of Domaine Overnoy were planted in 1982 when Jean-Louis took over the family’s polyculture farm. He is now passing the baton to his 24yo son Guillaume who has converted the domaine to organic since joining in 2014, as well as reducing the production of crémant and vins sous voile for more ouillé style wines.

Guillaume Overnoy
La cave

His inspiration naturally comes from his great-uncle Pierre Overnoy, who he visits on a regular basis, experimenting and aiming for sulphur-free winemaking even though he cheekily admits this is more difficult than it sounds.

The vineyards are planted with the five main Jura grapes and an unusual high proportion of red varieties (almost 3ha), and the family owns a stunning ancient underground cellar where the wines age in 4 to 10yo pièces bourguignonnes (228ltr) and 500ltr barriques.

After losing over 90% of his production because of frost in 2017, in order to help make ends meet Guillaume launched a small-scale brewery with two other winemakers in the region, including Géraud from Marnes Blanches. In a converted cowshed they ferment using lees from their savagnin together with the finest hops, barley and wheat to make a pilsner style beer.

Spring in the Sud-Revermont
Orchis and vines
Grapes are destemmed manually through a 'crible'

Domaine Overnoy Wines

Domaine Overnoy

80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Poulsard (12.5% alc.)

Bottled at 5.5 bar pressure this blended rosé spent 48 months on lattes before disgorgement. Fine and subtle bubbles underpin complex aromas of red fruits and potpourri, the mouth is well-balanced, round and fresh with a long and saline finish. This beautiful crémant would give some champagnes a run for their money. Zero dosage.

Domaine Overnoy

100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

The vines are planted on red marl in Orbagna in the lieu-dit Charmille. This wine went through an extended élevage of 21 months in a mix of 228ltr and 500ltr barriques. Round and creamy this chardonnay is a crowd-pleaser with spices and caramelised pear aromas. Bottled unfiltered with 25mg/l total sulphur.

Domaine Overnoy

100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

Vines from 8 to 30yo on light-coloured marl and clay in the village of Cesancey 7km north of Orbagna. As per all reds at the domaine, grapes are manually destalked in the vineyard with a traditional 'crible' – a perforated wooden tray on which the bunches are rubbed. Following 12 months ageing in burgundy barrels this wine was bottled unfiltered with a pinch of SO2 added (20 mg/l total). Juicy, ripe and fragrant it displays moreish aromas of raspberries, morello cherries and wild roses.

Domaine Overnoy

100% Trousseau (12.5% alc.)

Destemmed through the 'crible', the grapes macerated for three weeks before pressing. Fermentation and ageing occurred underground in old 'pièces bourguignonnes'. 10mg/l of SO2 added at bottling only. Lifted and nuanced with spiced fruit, this is an elegant wine with extra drinkability and sapidity, typical of a Sud-Revermont trousseau.

Domaine Overnoy

34% Poulsard, 33% Trousseau, 33% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

A traditional and 'old-school' blend, the three grapes were harvested and processed together. Destemmed, vinified and aged as per the other red wines at the domaine, this is vibrant with enticing floral flavours, the poulsard adds a slight reduction and complexity to the blend while trousseau and pinot bring juicy texture and food-friendly tannins. A lovely wine quintessentially Jurassien!

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