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La Chaux — Chardonnay 2018

£45.00

A Wine That

exemplifies why Chardonnay can produce some of the most thrilling wines on the planet. This example, by Jura star François Rousset-Martin, also shows that the Jura is capable of making examples that can sit shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the great Burgundies of the world. Subtle matchstick notes with citrus peel and that haunting 'minerality,' this is a real treasure.

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  • Winemaker: Francois Rousset-Martin
La Chaux — Chardonnay - 2018
La Chaux — Chardonnay 2018 Wine LITTLEWINE
La Chaux — Chardonnay 2018 Wine LITTLEWINE
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France
Jura

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13%

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White

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75cl

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8-12°C

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Organic

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Grey Marl

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Chardonnay

Where and How?

This is organically farmed Chardonnay from 65-year-old vines on a tiny 0.4 hectare parcel, grown on grey marl soils in the Jura, in the Château Chalon village.

The wine fermented naturally, and aged while being topped up - in the 'ouillé' style (i.e. in the regular white Burgundian way, not oxidative). Aged for 14 months on fine lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Thank you to Sebastien Crozatier for the photograph

The Winemaker

François Rousset-Martin is one of the key winemakers who has helped to show the world why the wines of the Jura are so compelling. The son of a microbiologist, he grew up in Burgundy, and it was when visiting the Jura that he fell in love with this lesser-trodden area. He studied wine and got a degree in enology, travelled through France to learn with other winemakers, and eventually returning to the vines of the Jura. Despite having modern winemaking know-how, it was the ancestral techniques that interested him, hence his wines are created in a very hands-off manner. For him, it’s all about showcasing the unique terroirs of the region, and he vinifies painstakingly parcel-by-parcel to do so. He is focused on the Château Chalon appellation, although his wines are labelled as Côtes du Jura, as he is primarily focused on creating wines in a non-oxidative style (to have the Château Chalon designation they must be made oxidatively). His efforts enable us to explore this wonderful part of the world, and to experience first-hand why it is capturing the hearts of so many wine lovers around the world. 

Thank you to Sebastien Crozatier for the photograph

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