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The Jura is a major wine region located on the slopes of the Jura mountains in eastern France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. Those mountains also give their name to the Jurassic period, from which the area’s limestone soil dates. Once an important region, the Jura fell into obscurity -- blessedly so, as this has allowed it to retain its traditions and continue to produce its singular local wines. The region is dominated by small, family-owned estates, and this agrarian culture has helped preserve the region’s viticultural heritage.

The Jura is best known for its vin jaune, released under the appellations of L’Etoile and Chateau Chalon. This is a wine made from the Savagnin variety. It is fermented slowly and aged in small oak casks that are not topped up, so that the wine matures “sous voile” -- under a veil of active yeast similar to sherry’s flor. The result is a unique, oxidative wine released seven years after the harvest -- and not to be drunk Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Savagnin

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • OK, back to wine.Drinking an interesting red wine from the Cotes du Jura made from the trousseau grape (bastardo in Portugal).  This pours out a bit light red in the glass with a subtle earthy aroma mixed with ripe black cherry.  There's a good hit of acid carrying smooth, slightly drying tannins to a fairly long finish. The ripe black cherry fl... Read More

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  • Chateau-Chalon Domaine Geneletti 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from thewebsite ... grape is native to the Jura region although it is beleived to be related to gewurztraminer.My bottle is from a family run estate which I actually visited back in 2008.About a third of the volume is lost in this process and the wine is bottled in a 62cl bottle known as a clavelin.I started... Read More

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  • Arbois Trousseau les Corvees Domaine de la Touraize 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a stall in South London's Borough ... ... Market.It is from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps.The Arbois appellation was created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era for ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Marquis d'Angerville Domaine du Pelican Arbois Poulsard Jura 2016

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  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... ... blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited to primeur servings and doesn't o... Read More

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  • Or in this case, ancient Greek wine. Interesting to consider the origins of the ... ... techniques still used in Jura and elsewhere. I do like the modern Jura versions.Dionysos making wine with satyrs and maenads: Excited old guys making their own wine:  Those ancient Greek jars were amphorae, and after storage in them, when it came time to dri... Read More

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  • Jura's great. First encountered the wines when I made a trip there in the effort to chase down some vin jaune (grapes dried on straw before vinification) I'd heard about but not yet seen, back in the early '80s. During that trip I also  got to meet their distinctive-but-excellent chardonnays, in depth, and some pure PNs. On later trips, and thro... Read More

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  • Don't see much Jura posted, I'll try to keep that producer in mind Duncan. Read More

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  • DUNCAN - I've always liked wines from the Jura region.  Smooth and supple, good fruit also. Read More

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  • I had a lovely wine which is easily the equal of a good Burgundy, a Cotes du Jura from Jean Bourdy,which is a blend of one third each of pinot noir,trousseau and poulsard,the last two being grapes native to the Jura region Read More

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