Jura in September, courtesy of Sophie Barrett!

It's time: Recently arrived and pre-arrival Jura juice!

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It’s finally that time of the year again! The leaves are turning, sweaters are coming out, but nothing embodies autumn like the ethereal and energetic wines from the Jura, Savoie and eastern France. And new vintages are now landing from our favorite producers. Jacques Puffeney and Michel Gahier, Jean-Yves Péron, Nicolas Gonin, Peggy Buronfosse and more…

2013 was an incredibly short vintage in the Jura with rain and hail decreasing yields and causing distress among growers. Mother Nature has been giving eastern France hell since the 2011 vintage. When it started, Stephane Tissot said that once it hails, it will hail for the next three years in a row. We are hoping that this will be the last of these detrimental weather conditions. With that being said, the wines are shaping up to be excellent.

Some of these wines are already in the shop, some will be arriving soon (October 15th is the scheduled date), and there is a wonderful mix of old favorites and new, soon-to-be favorites. We have not had the chance to taste the pre-arrival wines but we do have a few notes from the importer to accompany them. Yields were scarily low (in the case of Michel Gahier, 1/3 of the normal harvest!) in 2013 so quantities will be quite limited. Braise some pork, stay inside and pop some corks! Cheers to autumn! Tim Gagnon

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Péron, Jean-Yves 2012 Vin de France Les Oeillets Blanc

Jean-Yves Péron is a maverick of natural wine, crafting serious (and seriously amazing) wines in the under-appreciated Savoie region of eastern France. His vineyards lie in the village of Chevaline on schist-covered, sloping vineyards that are between 350 and 550 meters in altitude. Jean-Yves is lucky enough to call this area home and even luckier still to have to have the opportunity to farm 100+ year old vines that haven’t seen phylloxera! The Les Oeillets is a new cuvée from Péron, and we are thrilled to have it in the shop. Comprised of 100% Jacquère from his lower-altitude, younger vines, it exhibits exotic candied melon notes and an electric acidity reminiscent of fresh-squeezed lemon juice over pine needles. The grapes spend one week on the skins before pressing giving the wine a nice tannic grip while maintaining exuberant brightness, and vibrant fruit and minerals. Un-fined, unfiltered and, like all of his cuvées, with no sulphur added, this is a must-try for lovers of Savoie! Tim Gagnon

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Péron, Jean-Yves 2012 Vers La Maison Rouge Rosé 1.5 L

Péron does it again! This time with a beautiful rosé that begs to be glugged at your next soirée. Even better still, it only comes in magnums! 80-year-old vines produce the Mondeuse grapes for this cuvée, which offer unrivaled concentration and depth. Carbonic maceration provides a platform for fresh, under-ripe raspberry and cranberry fruit to shine through with undertones of brambly, ash-covered earth, fresh tangerine, and vine tomato. As always there is no added SO2 and it is bottled completely unfiltered. It does have quite a firm structure for rosé and could definitely be a match for heartier food, but it's wonderful on its own. Tim Gagnon

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Péron, Jean-Yves 2012 VdP d'Allobrogie Côte Pelée

Péron’s 2012 Côte Pelée is one of the deepest, most elegant and—dare we say—revelatory wines we've ever tasted. The grapes for this cuvée come from a small plot of his oldest Mondeuse vines planted on schist and slate soils with very low yields, which doubtless contribute to this gorgeous wine. It opens up with sumptuous notes of dark plum, cracked white pepper and olive tapenade. Deeper notes of smoky meat and earth along with a fuller presence on the palate round off this wine, giving an idea of how serious the wines from this region can be. Tim Gagnon

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Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2011 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Les Ammonites

Our love affair with Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse's wine continues! The return of these wines always tantalizes our palates and we can't get enough of them. The Chardonnay grapes for the 2011 Les Ammonites are grown in blue marl soils which, due to a slightly warmer climate than northern Jura vineyards, yields a wine that is as rich, honeyed and tropical as you could want with sharp acidity and tangy, salty minerals to balance out that richness. The wine spends 18 months in neutral oak so there is a touch of oxidation here, but it is oh-so-pleasing. Truly a gorgeous wine. Pair with Thai food, fried fish or on its own! -Tim Gagnon

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Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2011 Crémant du Jura

Another gem of a wine from the Buronfosse estate! And it is absolutely a treat. We have enjoyed their crémants (sparkling wine made in the champagne method) in past vintages but this one is special. It is comprised of 100% Savagnin grown on blue marl soils. That’s right — a Savagnin crémant. Fleshy, chalky minerals and fruit reminiscent of lemon zest and quince. There is also an underlying vinous, almost vegetal, aroma that I find quite pleasurable. A rushing acidity rounds off this wine and keeps it fresh. Pop open one of these at your next fête! –Tim Gagnon

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La Loue 2011 Arbois Savagnin

Another wonderful offering from Catherine Hannoun! Sourced from her .8 hectares of 6-year-old vines on clay and limestone soils, this is the type of Savagnin we love to drink. She only makes these wines in the ouillé style and, like all of her bottlings, there is no SO2 added. Rich, yet light on its feet, with luscious pineapple, lime zest, orange blossom and minerals. This wine emanates so much energy and freshness, it's a must try for lovers of Savagnin! Tim Gagnon

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La Loue 2011 Arbois Savagnin Cuvée Raphaëlle

Catherine Hannoun eschewed her career in film to begin her journey to producing some truly wonderful wines. After learning the art of natural wine making from Arbois mavericks, Pierre Overnoy and Manu Houillon, she started her own micro-estate in Arbois. Farming just .8 hectares of vines, mainly Savagnin, she has been practicing biodynamics from the beginning. The result is gorgeous. Her Cuvée Raphaëlle spends another year in neutral barrique, which lends a hand to the wine being more densely perfumed and has incredible focus and depth. Salty minerals, honeysuckle and mango skin come to mind. It is an absolute pleasure to drink and is mouth-filling, fresh and has a lingering acidity. We are definitely excited to see more of her wines in the future! Tim Gagnon

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Gonin 2012 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Mondeuse

From the no-man's land between the Rhône and the Savoie (Isère, to be specific) comes this delicious Mondeuse, which shows the classic aromas and flavors of the grape: the herbal, black pepper, graphite notes we sometimes find in Syrah, with the high-toned earthiness and crunchy acidity of the light reds of cool-climate eastern France. The nose offers blackberry and blackberry seeds, and purple flower petals. The palate is soft, velvety but with a firm finish. Open and pretty aromatically, the wine needs food to complement its high acidity and mouth-coating tannins. MSB

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Gonin 2012 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Altesse

This perfume-y and aromatic Altesse offers notes of honey and honeysuckle, lemon curd, green apples, and stones. The honeyed quality that is typical of Altesse carries through to the palate, which delivers crisp acidity and lingering stony minerality. A delicious new find from eastern France! MSB

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Tournelle 2012 Arbois Trousseau des Corvées

Pascal and Evelyne Clairet are two of the most delightful people in a landscape of delightful people. They began their Domaine in 1995 and have been organic since 2007. Their white wines mature in small barrels, their reds in large ones, and no sulfur has been added to the reds for the past several vintages. (They add 20 mgs to the whites at bottling.) In keeping with our theory that the 2012 vintage is excellent for light reds the world over (or at least in all of France), this is a lovely bottle. The wine has dark, brambly fruits on the nose, and is deliciously herbal with pretty fruit in balance with its high acidity. As always with these wines, decanting and chilling is recommended. MSB

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Bussière, Guy NV Vin Mousseux Flûte Enchantée

Sparkling Gamay from the Val de Saône! Guy Bussière based this wine off of the 2009 vintage which yields a very interesting result. It is not outwardly fruit-forward, instead leaning towards the more savory and spicy side. Fresh fig, tamarind and brambly wild raspberries are all present with a dense stony minerals and fuller bubbles than one might expect. It is completely dry with invigorating acidity which makes it a wonderful apéritif. Tim Gagnon

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Debize, Bruno 2012 Bugey Blanc "Long Fleuve"

This wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Aligoté from Bugey in the northern part of the Savoie. It's made by Bruno Debize, whose Beaujolais won our hearts several years ago. The wine has pretty Alpine aromas of green mango and pineapple stalk, pine nuts, hints of herb and smoke, narcissus and daffodil. Fairly fleshy on the palate and mellow but with good balancing acidity and length, it's clean, earthy, and very lightly oxidative. MSB

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Chais du Vieux Bourg 2011 Côtes du Jura Savagnin

A recent conversation with a customer brought to light the possibility of finding equal places in our hearts for both sous voile and ouillé renditions of Savagnin. This ouillé version from our Bavarian friend Ludwig Bindernagel struck a chord with us for its honeyed, quince-y, and lemony notes. As with the best ouillé Savagnins, there's a marriage of rich texture and intense mineral backbone, high acidity, and some oxidative character, which is guaranteed to play well with various cheeses. In fact, if you do not have a roast chicken on hand, we encourage you to try this wine with some of the fresher cheeses of eastern France such as Morbier au Lait Cru. MSB

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Saint Pierre 2008 Arbois Savagnin

The man behind this wine, Fabrice Dodane, seems to have a penchant for making his sous voile wines in cooler vintages (the last vintage we had of this wine was 2004) and given the results, we couldn't agree more. 2008 was no exception to temperate weather, and the wines that came out of it were much more bracing and ethereal. On the nose it is bright and smoky with aromas of mustard seed and quince and the palate is mineral and citrusy with a mouth-coating texture: all of the things we love about this style of wine. Lovers of traditional Jura wines should take notice! Tim Gagnon

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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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Tissot, Stephane NV Crémant du Jura Indigène

This is a vinous Crémant du Jura that shows a touch of the sweetness of the vin de paille used for the second fermentation. The wine offers notes of apple and fresh grass on the nose along with the honeyed, herbal tea-like quality of Macvin du Jura. Give the wine some time open as it can be a touch reductive at first. Made from a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and the rest Trousseau and Poulsard. More serious than the average Crémant, this wine will open up over the course of a meal and will complement roast chicken and richer fish dishes. Take note of the finish, which is long, nuanced, and satisfying. –Sophie Barrett

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Tissot 2013 Arbois Vieilles Vignes Sans Soufre

We are always salivating by the time any of Stéphane Tissot’s new arrivals come through our door. And this year is no exception! The 2013 Poulsard is a textbook example of the kind of wines that attract us to the Jura: light and energetic, yet deep and complex. This bottling is released sans soufre (no SO2 added) further providing a platform for the fruit to express itself. It opens up with a very pretty nose of cranberries, strawberries, fennel seed, grapefruit pith, and rose petals. It does have quite a bit of grip and a firm mineral structure which grounds the lifted fruit character and it finishes with savory minerals and a delicate spice. Definitely thirst-quenching and would be at home with the heartier food to come in the next couple of months!

Tim Gagnon

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