About the Wine
Vin de Paille gets its name from the traditional method of drying grapes in straw (paille) This dehydrates the grapes and increases sugar concentration, allowing for a sweet wine to be made. Wines made in this style are increasingly rare - the process is time consuming and risks rotting the fruit - but are amongst some of the most sublime dessert wines on the planet.
After dehydration and pressing, this wine saw 36 months in old Burgundian oak. All we can say is welcome to Flavour Country. At approximately 140g of sugar, this is sweet. Luckily, fruit was deliberately harvested early to ensure a balancing acid level, making it cleansing and refreshing, rather than cloying. It's all about dried apricot and fig, with citrus zest and almonds coming through too, and caramelised pineapple too. Serve this chilled with a nice blue cheese, dried fruits and nuts.
About Domaine Courbet
Domaine Courbet is one of Jura's rising stars. The family have been making wine since 1869 and remain focused on the region's traditions and dedicated to quality. Over the years, the estate has transformed from a polyculture (grapes, grain and livestock) to being solely fixed on viticulture.
Father and son team, Jean-Marie and Damien Courbet, control a mere 7.5 hectares of vine, all of which are farmed biodynamically, with a conversion to organics underway. Given the small amount of wines they produce, Domaine Courbet get a lot of attention - half of their vines are located below Chateau Chalon, the most well regarded appellation of the region. With their uncompromising approach to winemaking, it is little wonder that they are on the must-have lists across wine bars and collectors across Europe.