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Jura Wine Book Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Roederer Wine Writers Awards ShortlistI am proud to announce that my book ‘Jura Wine’ has been shortlisted for the prestigious award of Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year in the 10th International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014.

The International Wine Book of the Year 2014 is sponsored by Domaines Faiveley.

Judges for all the categories in competition were Jamie Goode, Robert Joseph, Gabriella Opaz and Margaret Rand, chaired by Charles Metcalfe.

It is a real honour to be included on this list with the other four books which are as follows:

The Champagne Guide 2014-2015
by Tyson Stelzer

Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and sparkling wine
by Tom Stevenson & Essi Avellan MW

The New California Wine
by Jon Bonné

The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition
by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson OBE MW

The winner will be announced at a special event for all the Louis Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards in London on Tuesday 9 September 2014.

Read the article on Wine-Searcher for more details on the awards.

If you haven’t yet purchased the book, check out the reviews and the book stockists soon as stocks are going down … There will be an e-book in the next month or so, so look out for that, however it won’t look half as good as the printed book and will not be heavily discounted either.

Thanks are due once again to all who encouraged me to write the book, supported its publication, purchased it in advance or bought it more recently, as well as everyone who helped me so much in its production. Thanks too to all the Jura vignerons and their wines, without whom there would, of course, be no book.

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Domaine de la Renardière (Jean-Michel Petit)

Starting today around two or three times a month I will post an excerpt from the Jura Wine Book, often with a small addendum. I will include illustrations too that are either used in the book, or from the photo shoot that I did with Mick Rock of Cephas. All images are fully copyrighted of course, as is the text.

If you have not yet bought the book, I hope this might encourage you to do so – you can find stockists and comments about the book on the new Jura Wine book page.

Domaine de la Renardière – Pupillin, Arbois

Jean-Michel Petit Pupillin

The mural outside Domaine de la Renardière in Pupillin shows Jean-Michel and his wife Laurence. ©Mick Rock/Cephas

He might be running between commitments, but Jean-Michel always offers a twinkly smile together with a straight answer to any question. More than anyone in Pupillin, Jean-Michel has been as much involved in the ‘mother appellation’ Arbois as he has in his own village. AOC Arbois syndicate president for many years, I’ve seen him carrying the Biou in Arbois; he was president of the Percée festival in Arbois in 2011; and he always turns up to greet the media with a regional hat firmly on his head. Somehow, between supporting his village, region and even the young and up-and-coming producers in the appellation, he finds time to produce a consistently lively and eminently drinkable range of wines. Jean-Michel’s stated aim in his brochure is to ‘make music from the mosaic of soils below our feet’, but the imprint on his labels is of a hand – his own, representing the importance of hand-harvesting, lending a hand and much more.

Quite rightly, the vineyards are the focus for Jean-Michel. Growing up in Pupillin (distantly related to the other Petit family in the village) with parents and grandparents who farmed vines and took their grapes to the cooperative, he returned after five years of wine studies and work experience around the world of wine to create his own estate with his wife Laurence. He took over his family’s 2ha of vines and accumulated other vineyards little by little, in various parcels on the different terroirs within Pupillin. He has always believed in working the soil and using only organic fertilizer and, after years working in lutte raisonnée, he made the move to start organic certification in 2012, although he had been using biodynamic preparations 500 and 501 on some of his plots for a couple of years.

The small winery lies on both sides of one of Pupillin’s side roads with an amusing and distinctive colourful mural showing several generations of the family adorning one side. Jean-Michel’s winemaking has always been thoughtful – vinifying the grapes from each plot apart, fermentation using indigenous yeast, and little use of other standard winery interventions. Apart from for Ploussard, he is not likely to go down the no sulphur route, yet he told me that, as with most producers, today he uses around a third of the amount of SO2 than when he started making wine 20 years ago.

Domaine de la Renardière Pupillin

Jean-Michel Petit in front of some of his foudres ©Mick Rock/Cephas

All styles of whites and reds are matured in wood of varying sizes. Reds, including Ploussard, are aged in large foudres – his is the example from this village that I have always found to be one of the most accessible. Yet it is his clear-cut topped-up whites that really sing, starting with the tangy and lemony Savagnin ouillé Les Terrasses, which comes from a steep south-facing terraced plot. From the mid-2000s Jean-Michel has made two Chardonnay cuvées that show the Jura terroir character well – Jurassique is from plots with more limestone and the more profound Les Vianderies is from older vines in a gravelly vineyard with marl below – the latter is aged in both 500-litre and 228-litre barrels.

In his quiet way Jean-Michel has experimented with his range without extending it dramatically as some wineries do, keeping to a modest (for the Jura) 14 different wines. A late-harvest white blend of two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Savagnin was once called Vendange Oublié (‘Forgotten Harvest’ – as it literally was the first time it was made) and has morphed into Les Oubliées, as the labelling fraud squad did not like the original name. The wine is made only in good years and, though usually dry, can be rather over-rich for my taste, but with plenty of intensity of flavour. The usual range of specialities from Crémant through to Vin Jaune, Paille and Macvin are made but account for only a quarter of production, including the Pétillant Naturel called Le Pet de Léo. This was first made by son Léo at 14 years old from a Ploussard vineyard planted in 1993, the year of his birth. Léo has studied wine production at Mâcon and is continuing his education in marketing at Suze-la-Rousse, so this estate should be in safe hands in the future.

Domaine de la Renardière exports account for about a third of sales, but it is the combination of a well-deserved string of medals in French wine competitions and mentions in guides, with a very open and educational approach to welcoming customers at the estate, that keeps his regular French customers returning. For several years each Saturday in June Jean-Michel and Laurence have conducted vineyard tours, followed by a tasting and lunch, an innovative approach for the Jura and something that has helped build up their loyal following. I sincerely hope that they throw a big party to celebrate the quarter-century of their domaine, which is a huge credit to the Arbois-Pupillin appellation, a valeur sûre or safe bet, as they say in France.

Domaine de la Renardière sign ©Mick RockDomaine de la Renardière
Rue du Chardonnay, 39600 Pupillin
Tel: 03 84 66 25 10
Email: renardiere@libertysurf.fr
Contact: Jean-Michel Petit
Established: 1990
Certification: Ecocert
Vineyards: 6.8ha (2.4ha Chardonnay, 1.3ha Savagnin, 1.7ha Ploussard (Poulsard), 0.7ha Trousseau, 0.7ha Pinot Noir)
Visits: Tasting room, visits welcomed by appointment

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Jean-Michel has been promising to publish his own website for some time!

The wines are imported into the UK by Enotria UK and at their trade tasting in February 2014 Brett Jones recorded a short interview with Jean-Michel Petit. Some of the range is available from The Wine Society.

In New York Domaine de la Renardière wines are sold in the Wine Library and at Zachys, among other places. Please feel free to add other stockists in the comments.

 

 

 

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Join me with the Jura Book in London, Geneva and Amsterdam

Since the arrival of the printed books in mid-March and dealing with the logistics of sending them out to people from over 25 countries around the world, life has been somewhat exciting. The comments on the book’s quality have been very gratifying after these months of very hard work. Thank you again for all your support in spreading the word.

Jura Wine book by Wink Lorch

If you don’t have it, this is what the cover looks like. Click it to buy!

Wine educator and consultant Richard Bampfield MW wrote on Twitter:

“Thoroughly enjoyed first dip into Jura Wine from @WineTravel. Great knowledge and enthusiasm, refreshed by Wink’s tell-tale sense of fun. “

Wine writer Tom Stevenson wrote on Facebook:

“Just received my copy and I cannot put it down, even though I should be writing copy and clearing my desk for 4 weeks away. It’s not just uniquely informative, but beautifully written. A tour de force Wink!”

Writer and editor Susanna Forbes tweeted:

“Loving the look of your book @WineTravel . Can’t wait to dive in. Love the scene setting & people who matter bits … and photography is inspiring”

And as the book wings its way around the world, I’ve received fine comments from Tokyo, Netherlands, Boston, Australia, California, Ireland and many points in-between. Enough trumpet blowing, there is only left to say that just in time I sneaked in an entry to this year’s Louis Roederer Writers Awards so here’s hoping the judges like it every bit as much.

Jura wine book signing

At Le Nez dans le Vert ©Brett Jones

Signings and presentations
Following a signing baptism in Gevingey in the Jura for the well-worth-visiting organic wine fair Le Nez dans le Vert, my signing skills are now warmed up and I’m looking forward to doing more, especially in English! Several French visitors bought the book, but it was also wonderful to meet so many worldwide fans of Jura wines who had made their way especially to attend this show, and to see their pleasure at being able to delve deeper into what makes these wines what they are.

The wines that I found time to taste from the 30 organic producers at the tasting were ever-better than in previous years. The only worry is the small quantity of wine available and the fact that the vines this year are so far in advance that everyone is now scared of possible spring frost creating a catastrophic 3rd small vintage in a row. Surely this can’t happen?

The Real Wine Fair, Tobacco Dock, London – 13 April (consumers) and 14 April (trade)
The organisers of the Real Wine Fair have offered me a table at which I can sell the books, shared with the publishers of the innovative magazine Noble Rot (by chance, edition #4 will feature the Jura). I will offer the books for 10% off the usual price, so at £22.50 for payment by cash or UK cheque only. If you already have a book, please feel free to bring it along for me to sign. The London Marathon streams nearby on Sunday but don’t let this prevent you from coming to taste a huge selection of mainly organic wines from around the world. There will of course be one or two interesting Jura wines, kindly provided by Doug of Caves de Pyrène, available to taste on our table, so please come by.

I will also be conducting a seminar and tasting of five Jura wines at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

Tasting with Wiine.Me in Geneva – 24 April (consumers)
Together with the new Geneva-based wine club Wiine.Me I will be selling the books and offering around five wines to taste during  a convivial evening. The event will take place at Le Comptoir wine bar from 7pm. Contact me for more details.

Jura Wine trade tasting in London – 14 May (trade only)
There will be 20 producers present for the Jura trade tasting at Chandos House. I will be conducting an introductory seminar as last year at 11.30am and at 3pm with seven wines (essential to book). At 1pm we will be raising a glass of Crémant to celebrate the book and I very much hope that some key players who helped with the book will be with me. Contact Mandarin Communications to RSVP.

Tastings and presentations in the Netherlands – 1 and 2 June (mainly trade)
I shall be giving a presentation and tasting for the prestigious Wine and Food Association of the Netherlands after their annual Grand Prix Saint Hubert tasting competition, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Books will be available for sale and signing there. The following day, three key Jura wine importers join together for a small trade tasting of Jura wines in Amsterdam, where I will also be present and giving a presentation. For more information, contact Olivier Schutte of de Geluksdruif.

Jura Wine bookshop

In very good company at Athenaeum, Beaune

Buying the book and reviews
The best place to buy the book for international delivery is on my website Wine Travel Media (but be patient, it may take one or two weeks for delivery depending where you are) – sold at the cover price (plus a small extra for shipping outside Europe), if you buy here this particularly helps support my hard work. Contact me directly for trade purchases of five or more copies.

If you prefer to buy through Amazon, it is currently only on Amazon.co.uk through Marketplace but that is for delivery internationally too – please add a review there if you can. If anyone can recommend a good distributor based in the USA I would be interested in contacting them.

In the Jura wine region the book is now available through local book shops and tourist offices which will attract a wider audience, I hope. And in Beaune it is stocked at the amazing wine book shop Athenaeum, opposite the Hospice.

If you are a writer or blogger who doesn’t already have the book and wants to review it, please contact me to discuss.

And finally, whilst at Le Nez dans le Vert, my long-standing sommelier friend Christophe Menozzi, now at the Château de Germigny came by to see me and joined me for a TV interview for local French TV. You can see the TV clip (in French) here.

 

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Book offer and Tasting Dates for the Diary

Exciting news – the Jura Wine book is at the printer now and will be available at the end of March. It’s looking great and I am very happy with it. Do not miss the special offer to pre-order with a 10% discount and free delivery in Europe (£5 outside), which runs until the end of Wednesday 5th March.

Kickstarter supporters will receive their books first, then those who pre-ordered. It’s the fastest way to receive the book as it will not be available on Amazon right away. After 5th March, the price will go up to normal cover price. Pre-order the book at Wine Travel Media.

The final tally was 352 pages with 146,000 words and 253 images including original maps, explanatory diagrams and some stunning photography by Mick Rock and others. There are profiles of 100 Jura wine producers, a wealth of solid information along with historical and current stories of the people who matter in the region. There has never been such a comprehensive book on Jura wine in any language.

Jura wine book

The final contents of Jura Wine by Wink Lorch

Jura Wine tastings around the world with and without me!

BUDAPEST 2nd March: This weekend I am at the VinCE wine event at the Corinthia Hotel in lovely Budapest. I shall be presenting eight Jura wines in a workshop this Sunday at 1.30pm – if you happen to be nearby there are some tickets left and it is a great show to come to anyway. I have prepared a Powperpoint that includes many photos from the book, so hopefully Jura Life by Powerpoint rather than the usual ‘death by Powerpoint’.

LE NEZ DANS LE VERT, Gevingey, Jura 23rd and 24th March: The annual tasting of the organic growers in the Jura takes place this year in the south of the region in Gevingey in the Sud Revermont, just south of Lons-le-Saunier. This will be my first appearance WITH the book, signing and selling them, and I’m very excited about this. Hoping also to sneak off to taste some of the wonderful wines with around 30 producers, including a couple of new ones.

USA/CANADA 14th – 17th April: Eighteen Jura producers will be travelling to the USA and Canada for professional trade tastings held in Chicago (14th) New York (15th), Montreal (16th) and Toronto (17th). Details and invitations from Vincent Lafortune of Quebec. I will post more information regarding invitations when I have it.
As yet, I am not due to attend these tastings for book signings, although I would like to attend, the logistics and costs are proving difficult.

LONDON/UK 14th May: Hang out the flags! London is yet again honoured with a trade tasting of Jura wines and I will be conducting seminars and signing/selling my books too. It will be organised by Mandarin Communications and more details will emerge soon. So, please save the date and I look forward to seeing you there.

I should be coming to Hamburg at the end of April/early May to conduct a Jura tasting and if possible I would like to link this with a tasting and book signing in Copenhagen (get in touch if you can help). Amsterdam in early June is possible too. More details as they emerge.

See you soon for a taste of Jura wine and thank you for your support! In the meantime, here is an amateur video I shot when I received the colour proofs of the book…

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