Côtes du Jura, Savagnin

Côtes du Jura, Savagnin

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Jura FR

Type, White

Grapes, Savagnin

Alc.  12%

Year 2017

Size, 750ml

About:   Alexis and Emilie Porteret first started making wines in 2010, after they bought a small house in Arbois with adjacent vines attached. Without any Jura winemaking background and thus no family tradition or practices to uphold, the couple have learnt quickly from the best and now stand as one of the most exciting young domaines in the region.

Like many other young Jura wine producers, the pair first spent time learning about winemaking from the infamous Pascal Clairet of Domaine de la Tournelle, who they now attribute as their adoptive wine father.

After finishing his wine diploma, Alexis went to work part time at Domaine de la Pinte, but now has turned his attention full time to Domaine des Bodines.

The couple own around 3ha of vines in Arbois, with another small plot on the way to Poligny. The land has quickly been coverted to biodynamics and (with the guidance of Loire legend, Alexandre Bain) also use horses for some of the vineyard work, to avoid compacting the ground and damaging the vine roots, thus reducing the life of the vine.

The vines, originally planted in 1983 (the year Emilie was born, which is a nice touch), lie on argilo-calcaire (clay-limestone) soils and the couple grow all five native Jura grape varietals as well as more white varietals in Poligny. 

In the cellar the style is firmly natural, with spontaneous fermentation from wild/native yeasts and little to no S02 additions. The wines begin in tank and are transferred to used foudres and Burgundy barrels.

The Côtes du Jura Savagnin uses grapes from their Poligny plot. It is a beautifully rounded, nutty and classcially ouillé style savagnin, with a tropical burst and refreshing minerality that Alexis attributes to the biodynamic farming style, which forces roots to grow deeper into the mineral dense soil.