I guess the hour in advance here in France excuses me for setting up the week’s thread. The afternoon consisted of winery visits to the commune of Arlay in the French Jura, and the two big names there, Chateau d’Arlay and Jean Bourdy. Both boast generations of viticulturists / owners, and the former claims to have the oldest chateau - vineyards in France, dating from the c13th. One each has a unique wine which was another reason for seeking them out.
Chateau Arlay - we were hosted for an extensive and entertaining free tasting by the owner himself le Comte Alain Armande-de-Laguiche. Walk-ins welcome. Here they make the unique Vin Corail which is a co-ferment of all 5 Jura varieties and comes across as a light red, typical Jurassic style and keeps well. The fruit is not exactly picked on the same day; the reds first and within a few days the whites added. They also do a non vintage blend “Rouge Reserve” and the current, and probably last, issue is a blend of the 3 reds taken from 2004/ 07 / 11.
Next up the (famous) Domaine Jean Bourdy, which exports mainly to USA which has an insatiable appetite for their (deliberately held back) legacy vintages - and at a price. Again, walk-ins welcomed and an extensive tasting offered and the current issues priced very reasonably (2014 Vin Jaune Cotes de Jura is €32) But I came mainly for the unique Galant des Abbesses, a weirdly-sounding sort of amalgamation of a Macvin (ie like a Pineau de Charentes - fresh juice plus marc) , a Maderia (cooked to 50 degrees) and a vermouth (secret spices and aromatics added) and usually I would run a mile from, actually was utterly and surprisingly delicious.
Wine of the day - the Jean Bourdy Cotes de Jura savagnin 2018, utterly butterly, chops - smacking apricots, marzipan, hazelnuts, lemon… with cream on top. Wow.
Domaine Jean Bourdy