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Domaine Labet

The sleepy, overlooked Jura is waking up.  One of France’s smallest wine regions, the Jura is tucked along the western foothills of the low Jura Mountains, about 50 miles east of Beaune.  Its complex geology give it a unique combination of marl and limestone soils.  If people know anything about the wines of the Jura it might be its famous Vin Jaune.  But increasingly, wine enthusiasts are discovering that the Jura offers much more.  One of the producers gaining the world’s attention is Domain Labet.  Owned by Alain and Josie Labet, most of the wines are now made by their enthusiastic son, Julien.  The family has 12 hectares of vineyards in the village of Rotalier in the southern part of the region which is dominated by Chardonnay.  Although not organic, the grapes are sustainably farmed without the use of pesticides. 

Julien has quite a juggling act.  The winery makes old-school vin de voile, regular wines, sparkling wine as well as macvin and marc.  In the Jura, regular wine is called “ouillé” referring to the topping up of the wine to prevent oxidation.  They frequently use the term “Fleurs de” to indicate that is an ouillé.   Julien has gained attention to his remarkable chardonnays and in particular, the single vineyard chardonnays.  As a winemaker he has to move fluidly between using traditional, modern and experimental methods mixed with a little intuition of an artist.

Cremant de Jura

Fleurs de Savagnin

Chardonnay “Cuvée Fleurs”

Fleur de Chardonnay

Chardonnay “La Bardette”

Chardonnay “Varrons”

 

Domaine Labet Vins de Voile

Chardonnay/Savagnin

Chardonnay “Cuvée du Hasard”

Macvin

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