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Domaine Buronfosse

Over in Auckland where I’m based at present, there are very few Jura wines available, in fact there are very few French wines from the smaller appellations. It is not surprising really with such a tiny population and such an important wine production in its own country. It’s worth remembering that only ten years ago, there were hardly any Jura wines to be found anywhere outside the Franche-Comté region. Even Paris had little choice.

However, Auckland has one specialist French importer and retailer, Maison Vauron, who does wave the flag for the Jura, having imported a few wines from Stéphane Tissot for several years. I went to see them recently and they told me that they were thinking about adding one more Jura producer to their range and asked me what I thought about Domaine Buronfosse, as one of the partners had been particularly impressed with a Savagnin Ouillé from them.

Based in the far south of the region, in the Sud Revermont – an area best known for its white wines – located in the same hamlet as Domaine Ganevat, Peggy Buronfosse has been quietly building up her wine estate and now her husband Jean-Pascal has joined her. Their reputation for white wines has grown considerably and I find it really exciting that some of their wines will arrive in New Zealand soon.

So, here is the next producer profile excerpt from the book – you have bought the book, haven’t you?? You won’t find the book on (only on because I couldn’t stand giving them the huge commission they require. But in case you need it you will find the Jura Wine book stockists on this page, along with a few reviews.

Jura Domaine Buronfosse

Jean-Pascal and Peggy Buronfosse outside their home ©Mick Rock/Cephas

Peggy Buronfosse cannot quite get over the fact that her wines are available in trendy New York wine shops and restaurants. She embraces it, but is humble at the same time. Neither she nor her husband Jean-Pascal set out to be vignerons, but they did fervently wish to put down roots and farm somewhere. They landed in the sleepy hamlet of La Combe below Rotalier. Originally from the cities of Lyon and St-Etienne, today whatever this couple do, together with their children, is a lifestyle choice, and however hard the work is they seem to love the various aspects of producing wine.

Entredeux Savagnin Ouillé Buronfosse ©Mick Rock

Domaine Buronfosse Côtes du Jura Entre-Deux is a Savagnin Ouillé, but not stated on the label ©Mick Rock/Cephas

Both Peggy and Jean-Pascal trained in agriculture and their plan was simply to find jobs, keep some animals, have a vegetable garden and source as much of their own food as possible while bringing up their family. Jean-Pascal worked as a teacher in the Lons agricultural college, and vivacious Peggy (or ‘La Peggy’ as she’s known locally) worked in the vineyards for Domaine Joly and got to know her neighbour Jean-François Ganevat. The vine bug hit her and in 2000 Raymond Pageault, an 80-year-old local vigneron who had heard about her, decided that ‘La Peggy’ was the one to take over his steep vineyards. He persuaded the couple to rent his parcels of old vines and their challenge started. Although originally Peggy had to use herbicide, that soon changed and she started, with Jean-Pascal’s help, hoeing the vineyards by hand with the aim of being completely organic. Official conversion started in 2007. Now, having taken on a few more vineyards, they have plots predominating in marl, limestone and schist, mainly in Rotalier and St-Laurent de Grandvaux. To fulfil a long-held wish, they are making plans to get a horse for the family and hope to train it to work in the vineyards.

After a struggle at the start, by the 2004 vintage they were beginning to find private clients through wine shows and wine clubs, and the media began to notice as well. Typically for the Sud Revermont, the emphasis is on whites, but inspired more by Ganevat and Labet than by Joly – the modern Rotalier–Burgundian style. They have several stylish ouillé Chardonnay cuvées, all distinctly different according to their terroir, plus a blend, Belemnites, and a tangy Savagnin ouillé called Entre-Deux; all spend around 18 months in barrel. A first Jaune was released in 2005, there is a tiny amount of red and an exquisite non-approved Vin de Paille named Epicure. Latterly a beautifully pure Chardonnay Crémant has been added to the range.

Buronfosse sign ©Mick RockThis is a venture that remains small and will continue to be so. Although Jean-Pascal gave up his teaching job in 2013 and joined Peggy to work on the domaine, they have no wish to expand the vineyards beyond around 4ha. Their beautiful labels are from paintings by Jean-Pascal’s brother-in-law and reflect the wines and the terroir. These are smiling, thinking people and it shines through in their wines.

Domaine Buronfosse, 2 La Serpentine, La Combe, 39190 Rotalier
Tel: 03 84 25 05 09
Contacts: Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse
Established: 2000
Vineyards: 4ha (Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, mainly white)
Certification: Ecocert
Visits: Tasting room, visits welcomed by appointment

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Sneak preview of Jura Wine – the book

Keeping all fingers and toes crossed for no disasters, my book Jura Wine will be published as promised in April 2014, in less than four months’ time – it may even be available at the end of March. Writing and preparing the book for publication has been even harder than I ever imagined, and every stage of the production process is ongoing into the New Year. As I will be printing in Europe, turnaround for that stage is fairly fast.

Preview sample spreads and buy the book in advance
I have created a page about the Jura Wine book on my personal site Wine Travel Media with links to sample pages and the contents. I do hope you like the look of the design – the actual text/photos will change a little in the real thing – but only for the better!

Jura Wine by Wink Lorch

Photos ©Mick Rock, Cephas

You can now order books in advance through my website Wine Travel Media with credit card sales via the WorldPay secure server. The books are available at a 10% discount off the retail price of £25, with free postage within the UK and Europe. Shipping anywhere else is at a discounted £5 per book. Worldpay allows you to choose to pay in US dollars or euros. For multiple orders please contact me directly. The books will be shipped during April at the latest.

Wink Lorch and Raymond Blanc

With Raymond Blanc at the London Jura Wine tasting ©Brett Jones

Raymond Blanc OBE, number one supporter of Franche-Comté
One of Britain’s best-loved chefs, originally from Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté, who has been based in England for more than three decades, Raymond Blanc OBE of the famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Brasserie Blanc group, has agreed to write the foreword, which I’m delighted about. Raymond came to the London Jura trade tasting in May and he is a big supporter of all the products from his home region. With his Chef Sommelier at Le Manoir, Alain Goubet, he intends to promote Jura wines more in his restaurant next year. Indeed they already serve Château-Chalon Domaine Chevassu-Fassenet by the glass.

A great support team
I could not have got as far as I have in preparing the book for publication, without this great support team.

  • Pat Carroll in Dublin is editing my text and she is rightly a hard taskmaster, with a great eye for detail – she loves wine and has edited many of Tom Stevenson’s books.
  • Mick Rock of Cephas Picture Library, as I’ve written about before, took some wonderful photos on our shoot back in May/June, but also already had a few in his library from earlier visits, and has taken studio shots too. Other photography is coming from Xavier Servolle in Arbois and from my partner Brett Jones. Historical photos are from Philippe Bruniaux of Arbois and from the Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois among other sources.
  • Quentin Sadler, wine educator and blogger, is creating some splendid maps.
  • Jane Dixon-Smith of JD Smith Design in Cumbria has created the design and is putting the layouts together.
  • Most of all Brett Jones is holding me together so that I somehow keep going.

And of course, the stars of the book, all the vignerons, and people of the Jura and Franche-Comté have been answering my endless questions.

Jura wine photo team

Brett Jones and Annie Rock hold the reflector, and Mick Rock the camera. The subjects: Kenjiro and Mayumi Kagami of Domaine des Miroirs in Grusse

I have not reached the end of this journey yet, but my thanks nevertheless to all those mentioned above, especially for their help and encouragement that I know will once again be forthcoming over the next 6 weeks, with the last push to finish.

Your support please – encourage everyone to buy the book in advance
Your support for the Kickstarter campaign back in April was amazing, thank you again. I have visited the Jura at my own expense more than half a dozen times this year. Expenses, not surprisingly, have been higher than expected and books sold in advance will assist my cash flow, to help pay for the print run.

Keep your eyes out for many Jura wine tastings with me around the world next year – details as and when these are firmed up.

Meantime, may I wish you a lovely time with family and friends over the holiday period and all the very best for 2014.

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