2014 Domaine Courbet Vin Jaune Chateau-Chalon 620ml

Jura, France

This infinitely complex flor-aged Savagnin from Jura is a must try for all inquisitive wine lovers.


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Categories: World of Wine

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.

Damien Courbet, rockstar.
Damien Courbet, rockstar.
Jura, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

Produced from 25-65 year old vines planted in 1945, 1967 and 1986 from two plots. The Savagnin grapes are hand-harvested and after pressing, the resulting must is fermented in barrel on its fine lees with only indigenous yeast and flor. It is then aged in barrel 6 years of aging. The resulting wine is one of the truly unique and great wine experiences on the planet.

It will have a light golden hue with green tinges and the nose shows spices, dried fruit, almonds and delicate white flowers. In the mouth, it will express the unique concentration obtained through natural evaporation. High acidity and citrus notes are melded into this spicy, fruity mix that seems to have no end. Extremely persistent, it will keep drawing you back in with its unique powers until the 620ml bottle is drained.

Blend : Savagnin (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2045
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sunsets over the vines
Sunsets over the vines
Jura, France

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