About the Wine
Vin Jaune, or 'yellow wine,' is so named because of it's vibrant colour. Like a fino sherry, it is aged under a thick flor, protecting it from oxygen and giving it a nutty character, but it is not fortified. By law, it must be aged for six years and three months. The wine concentrates during this time, and roughly 38% of volume is lost.
This is insane. In-sane. Golden yellow in colour, with aromas of apricots and peaches, nectar and fresh honey, rose petals and fruit cake. The concentration gives it an almost sweetness, but there is such an almond/hazelnut liqueur note here that it's balanced out. Honeyed figs on the palate, with walnut husks, butterscotch, exotic spices and apricots again. Nothing said here can come close to describing the nuances and complexities here.It's a masterpiece. It will evolve for days after opening if you have the patience. It's worth every cent.
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.