Stéphane Tissot and eminent Jura wine writer and luminary: Wink Lorch.

New Arrivals from the Jura!

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The Jura is among the most pleasant places in all of France and its wines, farmers, and landscapes have a remarkable ability to captivate and intrigue. In the past, it was relatively easy to paint this region as a sort of Burgundian redheaded step child. The correlation is based on proximity and a few obvious points of comparison: both regions produce single variety wines, light reds and rich whites, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; the Jura boasts limestone soil that mirrors the soil of the Côte d’Or. However the landscape of the Jura is more dramatic than that of Burgundy, marked by drastic ravines and outcroppings of marl on the best vineyard sites. The climate of the Jura is more marginal than that of Burgundy, giving the wines delicious acidity.  Where the best Burgundies are noble, stately, and elegant, the wine that epitomizes the Jura is Vin Jaune: funky, oxidative, challenging. With the highest percentage of organic growers of any French wine region, there is much to be excited about.

Now that the Jura has climbed to a place of some prominence in the wine scene (both here and in Europe), we have the opportunity to taste through a splendid array of Trousseau, Poulsard, Savagnin, and Melon-Queue-Rouge. In the past, keeping the shelves lined with Jura wines was relatively straightforward. Only a few producers were represented. One bought one’s allocation, sold it, and called it a day. With variety comes complication, but with each visit to the region, each tasting with one of its superior growers, the job of stocking the shelves becomes more exciting.

Today we offer a handful of recently arrived Jura wines from a diverse group of vignerons. From the magician Stéhane Tissot, with whom it is always a pleasure to taste, comes a brilliant 2010 Trousseau. Stéphane is a perpetual innovator and, in spite of the size of his Domaine, (almost fifty hectares, all farmed biodynamically) makes exceedingly thoughtful wines. For the natural wine enthusiast, we have three new wines from Philippe Bornard, “the fox of Pupillin,” a Chardonnay, a Melon-Queue and a Trousseau. From Jean-François Ganevat, an ascending star in the southern part of the Jura, we have a handful of bottles of Chardonnay “Florine” and a few remaining magnums of Melon-Queue-Rouge “Marguerite,” truly a knee-weakening wine. Last but certainly not least, take advantage of the opportunity to taste a Vin Jaune with bottle age: 1994 Vin Jaune from Domaine Montbourgeau in Étoile… and if you’re in need of a versatile summer sparkler, we have a fresh release of Crémant from Montbourgeau, always a favorite. Drink up! -Sophie

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Tissot 2010 Arbois Trousseau Singulier

From a limestone vineyard between Arbois and Montigny-lès-Arsures, these Trousseau vines are planted adjacent to the "Bérangères" vineyard, made famous by Jacques Puffeney. The wine is an especially welcome arrival for those of us who did not love the weight of Stéphane's 2009 "Singulier." The aromatics are high toned and pretty with notes of dark cherry and cranberry. The wine is aged in old oak barrels and has very present, ripe tannins. It's a Burgundy-esque Jura wine that truly strikes a superb balance between lithe-ness and structure. Surely this wine will evolve nicely over the next few years, perhaps longer, but there's no shame in opening one now with your next roast chicken or duck. -msb

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Philippe Bornard 2009 Arbois Pupillin Le Ginglet

A delicious vintage for this lovely Trousseau from Philippe Bornard, and now showing some delightful bottle age, the wine has an absolutely gorgeous rose petal-y texture, and notes of earth, iron, and chinato on the nose. The wine is open with warm, generous red fruits, a faint hint of smokiness, and the tell-tale, lingering, firm minerality of the best red wines of the region. This is "natural" wine, but clean, expressive, and pretty from start to finish. MSB

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Bornard, Philippe 2008 Arbois-Pupillin Melon Le Rouge Queue

The fox of Pupillin returns! 2008 was a difficult vintage for white wines of the Jura, but Philippe Bornard has succeeded with his usual aplomb. This Melon-Queue-Rouge (a variety related to Chardonnay) is fermented in fiberglass and then aged in old Burgundy barrels and demi-muids. The wine is minty and green apple-y with the characteristic generosity we associate with Bornard's wines and a riveting streak of acidity that carries through to the finish. -msb

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Bornard, Philippe 2007 Cotes du Jura Blanc Les Gaudrettes

I love the 2007 vintage in the Jura. As in Burgundy, the wines have soft edges, pretty fruit, and are accessible young. This Chardonnay Les Gaudrettes from Philippe "the fox of Pupillin" Bornard is no exception. The nose and palate offer the lightly oxidative, yellow orchard fruit character of many natural wines. The palate has beautiful Jurassian acidity to balance the wine's ripe fruit. As usual, Bornard's wines are open, generous, and have a spirit all their own. I recommend this with a mild, nutty cheese such a Gruyère. -msb

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Montbourgeau NV Crémant du Jura Brut

From the Jura, this is mostly Chardonnay with Savagnin, and it's one of the best sparkling wines we have in the store. It has pleasant rustic apple fruit balanced by fierce cold-climate acidity, with hints of cashew and herbs — it would be hard to distinguish this from Champagne in a blind tasting (it's even a bit chalky!) A seriously distinguished bubbly — at a house price.

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