Jura Special - wine tasting - 16.09.2021
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Be fooled by its size, because good things come in small packages! Located in the eastern part of France, Jura is a tiny region sandwiched between Burgundy, in the west, and Switzerland, in the east. Its area stretches for 80 km of vineyards and it is home to many local grape varieties, with styles so different to shock the uninitiated. It is mainly known for the aged, yellow, savoury Vin Jaune and it produces wines that are unusual, distinctive, and completely different from wines made anywhere else in the World.
Jean-François & Anne Ganevat
Also known as Fanfan, Ganevat’s iconic wines wouldn't need any introduction. Taking over his historic family estate in 1998, converting everything into biodynamics by 2006. Based in the charming hamlet of Rotalier, the Estate is only 8.5 hectares and the yields are low. Jean-François practices single-parcel selection ( 1 soil type, 1 grape variety = one cuvée). As a result, the estate gives birth to 40+ different, extraordinary, and very rare cuvées every year. 2017 was a catastrophe in the Jura: the region was hit by a terrible frost, and Ganevat lost 95% of their vines. This is when François and his sister Anne decided to start the négoce and spread their net further.
Philippe & Tony Bornard
Another great talent of the Jura, Philippe Bornard inherited vines from his father, who was selling only to co-ops at the time. It was Philippe who decided to start making and bottling his own wines, establishing his Domaine - 6 hectares of 30-year old vines - in the quaint commune of Pupillin. He has recently retired and his talented son Tony has now taken over the operation. As we said before, 2107 was a hell of a year and the Bornard’s vineyards were hit by a massive frost and they lost 85% of their crops. This is why father and son combined all their Chardonnay and Ploussard into one cuvée for each grape variety: Au Fil des Générations label was born. The design pays homage to the people who had contributed in the past - including Philippe, his father and grandfather - and to use a vintage illustration made by Philippe’s daughter.
Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot
Tissot’s story dates back to 1962, when André and Mireille starts producing wines in Montigny les Arsures (close to Arbois). The real turning point is in the 90’s, when their forward-thinking son Stéphane joins the Estate - he introduces biodynamic practices in the vineyards and a low-interventionist philosophy in the winemaking. Helped by his wife Bénédicte, they now take care of around 45 hectares of vines. The quest for aromatic diversity and respect of each plot, has lead them to produce 28 different cuvées, taking into account the incredible biodiversity of every single terroir and soil.
LINE-UP (starting with reds, the way it's done in Jura)
Rott'fall'R sparkling, Jean-François & Anne Ganevat
La Croix des Batailles 2019, Jean-François & Anne Ganevat
Ploussard Au Fil des Generations, Philippe & Tony Bornard
Le Gentil Blanc, Philippe Bornard
La Mailloche 2016, Domaine André et Mireille Tissot