2020 Domaine Montbourgeau Jura L'Etoile Chardonnay

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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.

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This stunning Chardonnay from Domaine Montbourgeau is a first-class showcase of the unique, flor-influenced white wines from the Jura region. The meticulous ageing process under a fine microbial veil has created a wine with extraordinary purity, nutty richness, and saline complexity. 

Domaine Montbourgeau, located in the charming village of L’Etoile in the southwestern Jura, has been crafting traditional wines since 1920. The vineyard, founded by the current vigneron Nicole Deriaux’s grandfather, is renowned for its organically farmed vines and adherence to ancient winemaking practices. The 10 hectares of vines, primarily Chardonnay and Savagnin, are hand-harvested and vinified with indigenous yeasts in a cave beneath Deriaux's home. This Chardonnay spends three years in barrel, developing its characteristic oxidative notes and minerality.

On the nose, you’ll find aromas of hazelnuts, green apple, and white fruits, intertwined with salty/nutty oxidative characters. The palate is generously textured, with waves of minerality, intense flavours, and a saline finish. It’s a versatile (although left-of-center) Chardonnay that offers both immediate pleasure and the potential to age gracefully over the next decade.

Whether enjoyed with Comté cheese, baked white fish, or chicken curry, this Chardonnay promises to be a star at any table.

95 Points
"Like baby vin jaune with superb drinkability. Hazelnut, fino sherry, gingery spice, lime on green apple, a general white blossom floral character too. It’s crystalline in texture, the acidity so piercing and refreshing and yet this cavalcade of hazelnut and dried and fresh apple around it. Of an ilk, yes, but so outstanding in its way."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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 - "Like baby vin jaune with superb drinkability. Hazelnut, fino sherry, gingery spice, lime on green apple, a general white blossom floral character too. It’s crystalline in texture, the acidity so piercing and refreshing and yet this cavalcade of hazelnut and dried and fresh apple around it. Of an ilk, yes, but so outstanding in its way." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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