Of late I am truly inspired by the wines from the Jura and the Savoie regions of France. I used to be really bored by white wines in general but have come to the conclusion that we’re all just drinking the wrong white wines. A sip of Savignan or an almondy Jacquere is enough to launch you into space.
Savoie is on the Swiss border of France well into the Alps. It is a visually stunning region which exports very little of its wine. The main grape varietal produced is Jacquere which has become one of my very favorite wines. We carry a couple of Jacqueres at different price points.
North of Savoie is the Jura. Birthplace of Louis Pasteur, Jura also produces wines from lesser known grapes such as Poulsard, Trousseau and the ancient Savignan grape as well as some unusual styles. Vin Jaune is a wine developed under a flor just like sherry and Macvin fortified wine has been made in this region long before Port came along. You’ll find both of these styles in our newly expanded Ports & Sherries section.
Look for these right now in our store:
Domain de la Touraize “Terre Bleues” Savagnin $30 750ml
Lush and bright with a gorgeous herbal nose, this wine is hand harvested then fermented in stainless steel for 2 or 3 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation in foudres, then aged for 10 months sur lie.
Domaine Badoz Cotes de Poulsard $21 750ml
A beautiful light red color with amber highlights, this wine hits your with soft spices, raisins and red berries, dried fruits and soft spices on the palate with a lightly tannic finish.
Caves Jean Bourdy, Macvin du Jura (NV) $35 750ml
Rich and unctuous with a dark amber color, orange zest, quince, prunes and other dried fruits on the nose and palate.
Caves Jean Bourdy, Vin Jaune $80 750ml
Made in the style of sherry under a flor, this elegant and complex wine is made only in optimal vintages and is aged at least 7 years before release. Pairs beautifully with foie gras, lobster, scallops and spicy cuisine.
Romain Chamiot, Aprémont $22 50ml
Wines from the Apremont are some of the highest demand in Savoie. A pleasant and straightforward Jacquere wine, it is clean and lively on the palate, discernibly dry with soft acids that deliver a mouthwateringly mineral cut and a distinct almond note. Fermented in stainless steel with a minimal addition of sulphur the wine is. This is an exceptional wine.
Peter Carrel Jongiuex Blanc $13 750ml
Another Jacquere with bright green highlights, this wine expresses citrus and very ripe pears, with floral overtones and a slight mineral essence at the finish. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with shellfish.
Peter Carrel Pinot Noir $19 750ml
Earth, forest, spice, blood orange, raspberry, cranberry, and plum skin aromas followed by crisp red berry, earthy underbrush, and fresh herb flavors and finishing with good grip.