First London Jura Wine Trade Tasting 2013

Jura wine trade London tasting

The Comité Interprofessional des Vins du Jura (CIVJ) – the official regional body representing the Jura wine producers is staging its first trade tasting in London on Tuesday May 14th 2013. This is strictly for attendance only by those working in the wine trade and media.

I shall be presenting a masterclass at 10.30am and again at 3pm lasting around 45 minutes, during which I will present the region and share seven wines. I hope to pack in as much interesting information as time allows. Note that spaces must be reserved in advance and are very limited.

The essential details:
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ (nearest tube, Oxford Circus)
RSVP: Mandarin Communications (click for email)

NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING, ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE REFLECTS MY PERSONAL VIEWPOINT, NOT THAT OF THE CIVJ OR ANYONE ELSE IN JURA!

The producer list:
The 27 producers coming to London are each showing just six wines of their range. The are from across the region, some with importers (usually not exclusive), some without, and they range from very small to some of the largest in size.

In a bid to be fair to all, but also to help you, my readers, I have listed them all below in the order they will be at the tasting. I have also attempted to sum up each one in a very few words that are entirely personal (NOT the introduction each producer has in the catalogue).

For each producer I have selected one wine from the six wines they will be showing that you should taste if you only have time to taste one. In doing this I am also attempting to include almost all the myriad of Jura wine styles.

  • Producers marked * have some wines imported into the UK already, but not necessarily with an exclusive importer.
  • Producers marked ** have organic certification or are in conversion.
  • In brackets after the name of the producer is the name of the person who will be attending the tasting.
  • You will find links to their websites if they have them on my main wine producer links on the right of the page.

Cellier des Tiercelines (Benoit Mulin)
Small, quality-focussed négociant
Arbois Trousseau 2009

Domaine André et Mireille Tissot (Stéphane Tissot) */**
Large, innovative biodynamic estate
Arbois Clos de la Tour de Curon Chardonnay 2010

Domaine Baud Père et Fils (Alain Baud)
Fairly large family estate with great consistency
Crémant du Jura Brut Sauvage

Domaine Badoz * (Benoit Badoz)
Established, up-and-coming family estate
Crémant du Jura Rosé

Domaine Berthet-Bondet */** (Hélène Berthet-Bondet)
Château-Chalon estate in conversion to organics
Château-Chalon 2006

Caves de Bourdy */** (Jean-François Bourdy)
Biodynamic, traditional styles, old vintages
Château-Chalon 2005

Domaine de la Borde ** (Julien Maréschal)
Small and serious youngish estate in conversion to organics
Arbois Pupillin Naturé Foudre à Canon (Savagnin Ouillé) 2011

Domaine de la Pinte ** (Bruno Ciofi)
Large biodynamic estate with significant Savagnin plantings
Arbois Savagnin 2006

Domaine de la Renardière ** (Jean-Michel Petit)
Reliable family estate in conversion to organics
Arbois Les Terrasses Savagnin Ouillé 2011

Domaine de l’Aigle à Deux Têtes ** (Henri Le Roy)
Small, fairly new estate in the south of the region
Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Griffez 2010

Domaine de l’Octavin */** (Charles Dagand)
Ultra-dedicated, young natural wine producers
Arbois Zerlina Pinot Noir/Trousseau 2011

Domaine de Montbourgeau (Nicole Dériaux)
Well-established traditional estate in L’Etoile
L’Etoile Cuvée Spéciale 2009

Domaine de St-Pierre ** (Fabrice Dodane)
Fairly small estate with good vineyard sites
Arbois Pinot Ploussard 2011

Domaine des Ronces ** (Kevin Mazier)
Small, much improving estate in the far south
Côtes du Jura Trousseau à la Dame 2011

Domaine Désiré Petit (Damien Petit)
Mid-sized estate with new generation at the helm
Arbois Pupillin Vin de Paille

Domaine Daniel Dugois * (Philippe Dugois)
Mid-sized super-reliable family estate in north of region
Arbois Vin Jaune 2005

Domaine Hughes-Béguet */** (Patrice Béguet)
Small, recently established estate, good potential
Poulsard Côte de Feule 2011

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot (Valérie Tissot)
Classic styles across the range
Arbois Trousseau 2009

Domaine Joly (Cédric Joly)
Small family estate in south of region
Côtes du Jura Savagnin 2008

Domaine Labet */** (Julien Labet)
Family estate with a new lease of life
Côtes du Jura Pinot Noir Les Varrons 2011

Domaine Morel-Thibaut (Jean-Luc Morel)
Classic wines across the range, based in Poligny
Côtes du Jura Vin de Paille 2009

Domaine Philippe Bornard */** (Tony Bornard)
Delightfully quirky organic estate in Pupillin
Arbois-Pupillin Chardonnay Le Blanc de la Rouge 2009

Domaine Rolet * (Pierre Rolet)
Largest Jura family estate, both Arbois and Côtes du Jura
Côtes du Jura Expression de Terroir (Chardonnay/Savagnin) 2007

Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois (Christophe Botté)
Large cooperative with reliable range
Crémant du Jura Blanc

Henri Maire (Jean-François Dubant)
Large historical estate under new management
Domaine de Sorbief Arbois Chardonnay 2011

Juravinum (Bertrand Delannay)
Trading company for two good value cooperatives
Arbois Chardonnay 2011

Domaine Jacques Tissot (Philippe Tissot)
Large family estate with consistent quality
Arbois Naturé (Savagnin Ouillé) 2011

FOOD: Franche-Comté regional food including Comté cheese and sausages will be provided by Borough Market’s The French Comté.

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