2018 Jean Francois Ganevat Chardonnay Varrons Vieilles Vignes

Elegant, minerally Chardonnay from an icon of natural wine in the Jura.

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This minerally, saline Chardonnay comes from a plot of old vines recently acquired by the iconic estate of natural winemaking phenomenon Jean Francois Ganevat.

Resting on the ancient Jurassic limestone soils of the Les Varrons hillside, these vines transfer an electric acid structure into the wine. The grapes are handpicked and fermented with wild yeasts before undergoing three years of ageing in old 600-litre oak barrels.

Bottled unfiltered and unfined, with no sulphur.

This cuvée comes from a plot recently acquired by the estate and in the process of being certified as organic. The old Chardonnay vines are planted at a place called Les Varrons, on a hillside facing east, at around 250 meters above sea level, on a soil of clay and limestone. Jean François Ganevat applies the principles of biodynamics, to stimulate the immune system of the vine, and help it to protect itself naturally. In the cellar, naturalness and tradition take precedence: the berries are harvested by hand, macerated whole, and then are vinified with indigenous yeasts. The wines age for three years in demi-muids, then are bottled without fining or prior filtration and, of course, without sulphur. With a pale gold robe, Les Varrons conjures up notes of peach, quince and citrus, underlined by a saline undertone. The dense, mineral mouth stretches into a long finish. A wine to evolve in the cellar for a few years.

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