Ludwig Bindernagel

VigneronLudwig Bindernagel
LocationPoligny (Jura)
Size of Domaine2.5 ha
TerroirLias and Triassic marls, fossilized limestone (gryphées). West facing slopes. 250-350m altitude.
ViticulturePractising organic
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Ludwig Bindernagel emanates from Bavaria in Germany, working as an architect in Paris until he changed track and moved to the Jura in 2003.

After learning his craft with Julien Labet who inspired him to make wine in a natural way, he started to buy the odd small parcel of older vines in L’Étoile and Château-Chalon on the rare occasions that these became available. However, Ludwig's main interest here was to make topped-up wines to be aged in older barrels.

He has a deep underground cellar underneath his rambling house in Poligny where his wines age very slowly, never hurried along by Ludwig. He favours an earlier harvest to capture acidity and ensure alcohol is never too high making beautifully crafted wines, very subtle, detailed and precise with sulphur levels a low 20mg/l. His wife Nathalie is a very accomplished chef and runs a fine bed and breakfast, also offering dinner, so you can try their wines in situ.

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Sous le cerisier (under the cherry tree)
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Ludwig Bindernagel Wines

Lulu Vigneron

CÔTES DU JURA 2016
Sous Le Cerisier
100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

Ludwig produces this very elegant, subtle chardonnay from 30-55yo 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 5-12yo 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.

Lulu Vigneron

CÔTES DU JURA 2014
BB1
85% Melon à Queue Rouge, 15% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

Ludwig’s BB1 (meaning first baby, as it was the first wine he made) has trademark balance and finesse from 60yo vines in Le Vernois in a blue marl soil just above a layer of fossilized oysters. Aged in old barrels in his deep underground cave for three years and topped up, you find hints of menthol and acacia flowers on the nose, dried and stewed citrus fruits with a strong mineral impression on the palate with an iodine and saline twist, then gentle bitters on the finish.

Chais du Vieux Bourg

CÔTES DU JURA 2012
100% Savagnin (12.7% alc.)

Ludwig bought this steep, south-west facing 0.5 ha 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.

Chais du Vieux Bourg

L’ETOILE 2011
QV d’Etoiles
85% Chardonnay, 15% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

Ludwig’s best topped up white comes from the small appellation of L’Etoile which is primarily known for its oxidative wines but has superb terroir for topped up wines as well. He makes just three barrels from a massale selection of 40yo vines planted in Triassic marls. Aged for 33 months on the fine lees, it is consequently very stable and so needs little protection from sulphur. A beautiful pale gold colour, it is a stylish wine, quite exotic on the nose with citrus fruits and almonds and marked salinity on the long finish. Perfect with oysters and most shellfish.

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