Elite Producers from Jura & Savoie
FROM JURA - DOMAINE DE SAINT-PIERRE
- ARBOIS BLANC "TROIS TERROIRS" 2017: $79 100% Chardonnay
- ARBOIS ROUGE "LE ROUGE" 2017: $79 - 2/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Ploussard
- ARBOIS ROUGE "LE PETIT CUROULET" 2018: $89 - 100% Ploussard
FROM SAVOIE - DOMAINE DES ARDOISIÈRES
- ARGILE BLANC 2018: $68 - 40% Jacquere, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Mondeuse Blanche.
- SCHISTE 2018: $125 - 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussanne, 20% Malvoisie, 10% Mondeuse blanche
- ARGILE ROUGE 2018: $85 - 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse, 10% Persan.
DOMAINE DES ARDOISIÈRES (SAVOIE)
Estates like Domaine des Ardoisières prove that Savoie can produce wines with as much quality as Burgundy or Jura. The Domaine was born from the replanting, in 1998, of the Cevins hillside: six hectares of mica schists along terraces between Albertville and Moutiers, undertaken by Michel Grisard. In 2003, to assist Grisard, Brice Omont, agricultural engineer from Champagne, invested in the project and now (since 2008) finds himself at the head of an Estate which now comprises 16 hectares. Biodynamic viticulture is championed here, the slope can reach a 70% incline, and the yields are very low.
- ARGILE BLANC 2018 - $68
The "Argile Blanc" showcases an abundance of alpine tension and refreshment with flavours of white flowers, orchard fruits and green almonds. The palate contains crystalline purity, showing white peach and nectarine fruits, grapefruit and lemon peel acidity, and a crushed stone finish. It can be paired with raclette cheese, roast poultry, rich oysters, crayfish, scallops and white fish. You can drink it now with a 30-minute decant before serving or cellar it up until 2025+. 40% Jacquere, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Mondeuse Blanche.
- SCHISTE 2018 - $125
The bouquet emerges with apricot, pears and orange blossom followed by slight toasted nuts and underlining herbal notes. The palate is lively but balanced, with the dense fruit shining through alongside fresh citrus acidity finished with a lip-smacking salinity. It can be paired with raclette cheese, roast poultry, rich oysters, crayfish, scallops and white fish. You can drink it now with a 30-minute decant before serving or cellar it up until 2025+. 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussette, 20% Pinot Gris, 10% Mondeuse Blanche.
- ARGILE ROUGE 2018 - $85
The bouquet has an exotic complexity, leaping out of the glass with violets, spicy red fruits, pomegranates and rich iron minerals. The palate is structured with intense, spiced Christmas cake and a red-to-black fruit profile following a dried baker's spice mix. It can be served with charcuterie, roast chicken and pork, and charcoaled rib eye. Drink now with a 30-minute decant before serving or keep until 2026+. 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse, 10% Persan.
DOMAINE DE SAINT-PIERRE (JURA)
The Jura region is one of France's smallest wine regions comprising just 2,000 hectares. Despite its size however, it has grown a steadfast reputation for the sheer quality of its wines. Fabrice Dodane, owner of Domaine de Saint Pierre is part of a small group of discerning producers, which includes Jean-Francois Ganevat, who push the boundaries, making stunning, profound and complex wines.
- ARBOIS BLANC "TROIS TERROIRS" 2017 - $79
The "Trois Terroirs" cuvée is a blend of three vineyards "Chateau Renard, Chapon and Les Brulées" located on rich grey marl soils with limestone located in Arbois. The nose is seductive with a sense of richness, fresh hazelnut, citrus notes, white peach and hints of green tea leaf. There is a striking minerality and wet stone flavours. It's fresh yet comforting and round. The palate is medium bodied, built on a lovely silky acid spine for a long lingering finish. It can be drunk with charcuterie, poultry cooked in stock, young Comté cheese, white fish and seafood. Drink now or keep up until 2021+. 100% Chardonnay. Dry style. Please decant for 15 minutes and serve in big Chardonnay glasses.
- ARBOIS ROUGE "LE ROUGE" 2017 - $79
The bouquet opens up on pristine red fruit, strawberry, some spices and wet forest floor. It's profound, vibrant with a freshness that delights. The palate is delicate, with more spices and petite red fruits for a long finish. It can be drunk with charcuterie, roast chicken and pork and charcoaled rib eye. Drink now or keep up until 2026+. 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Ploussard co-planted. Please decant for 25 minutes and serve in big Pinot Noir glasses.
- ARBOIS ROUGE "LE PETIT CUROULET" 2018 - $89
The “Le Petit Curouet” vineyard is located in Badans in Arbois at an altitude of 340 meters with grey marl and limestone soils. The bouquet opens up with spicy, floral aromas, bright red cherry, cranberry and plum with a hint of brown spice, rosewater, and smoke. The palate is silky with beautiful fruit and spice balanced by a touch of earth, there is also a hint Kalamata olives that leads to chalky mineral tannin on the finish. It can be drunk with charcuterie, root vegetables, roast chicken, pork and charcoaled rib eye. Drink now or keep up until 2028+. 100% Ploussard. Please decant for 25 minutes and serve in big Pinot Noir glasses.