2018 Domaine de Montbourgeau L'Etoile Jura

Highly Rated
Phenomenal oxidative, flor-influenced Chardonnay from the Jura. This is excellent value for those who love the nutty, saline expressions of Chardonnay from this small French region.
4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews

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This superb flor-influenced Chardonnay is a first class example of the distinctive white wines of the Jura. It took three years in barrel under the fine mircobial veil to emerge as this pure, nutty, saline Chardonnay expression. It was worth the wait.

The freshness and dizzying complexity of this 'white' is something to behold.

The ten hectares of vines are composed primarily of Chardonnay and Savagnin, as well as some reds with a small planting of Trousseau and Poulsard. The vineyard is organically farmed, and the vinification is very traditional, respecting the ancient practices of this region. Nicole Deriaux through her natural approach to viticulture and winemaking aims to retain and fully express the purity of l'Etoile terroir.

When harvest time comes, the grapes are pick by hands and then vinified in the cave underneath Deriaux's home. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks using strictly indigenous yeasts. Then all the wines are racked into a mix of old foudres, demi-muids and smaller barrels. The whites are matured in barrel; they are never racked; they are not topped off.

The small quantity of wines produced is then bottled, with no fining and a light filtration. The L'Etoile signature style, crafted by talented Nicole Deriaux, are wines of unique purity and elegance that we are proud to import.

95 Points - "A lifetime ago I was convinced into trying Montbourgeau’s wines by my wine merchant pal in Poligny, Jura. He’d wave the bottles at me while I was heading for his secret cellar list of ‘cooler producers’ and eventually I capitulated and, well, the rest is history. One of the best of best old school-good school producers in Jura, with the dial turned up on saline, savoury, nutty, fino characters. So you gotta dig that. Chardonnay wine.

Incredibly complex, indeed, few chardonnays can come close to the level of detail here. Almost a long, lees time Champagne kind of nutty-saline intensity, scents and flavours, slick-sticky in texture, rich but super fresh with salty acidity and green apple juice brightness. So much aroma, so much flavour. Such an outstanding, compelling, meal of a wine, but with cut and thrust and regal distinction." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 3 reviews
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100%would recommend this product
3 reviews
  • DV
    Derby V.
    Verified Buyer
    1 year ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    flor magic

    Love this wine...nose of aceltaldehyde flavour; palate of nuttiness and precise salinity are pleasing.

    Complex and intriguing...

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • JL
    Jacob L.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    So moreish

    Such a great wine, a good entry into the Jura style.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • LR
    L. R.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful drop

    There's something mystical about that salty Jura lick. Reminds of picking a fallen, over ripe granny smith apple from the ground and taking a bite, only to find a worm jiggling inside and then BAM! you're suddenly transported to the seaside eating white anchovies on baguette. Every sip is an '8 Out of 10 Cats' conundrum; complex, funny and familiar. I can't get enough. More please!

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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