Terre du Lias, Chardonnay

Terre du Lias, Chardonnay

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Jura FR

Type, White

Grapes, Chardonnay

Alc.  12.5%

Year 2018

Size, 750ml

About: If you want to try a wine that screams Jura, then look no further. With tiny amounts available, these will go quick. Tense and mineral, zesty citrus and  nougat with the potential to age into a ripper!

The Terre du Lias is a serious chardonnay, made in the ouille style. From steep 20-degree southwest facing slopes of clay-limestone on grey marl. Hand-harvested. Half destemmed, half whole-cluster. Fermentation without sulphites and only with indigenous yeasts in 600 litre barrels (3-5 vintages used). Aged in 600 liter barrels on the lees for 12 months. 

Julien Mareschal, born and raised in a village near the town of Dole in the Jura region, his parents were agricultural farmers not winemakers.

Following in their footsteps he began studying agronomy in Dijon and then afterwards turned to oenology. And we're damn glad he did!

Julien, age 23, then bought a 5.5ha vineyard from another winemaker in the famous village of Pupillin. Cutting his teeth from domaines in Burgundy (Maison Ambroise, Marquis d’Angervillle) and winemakers in Jura (Xavier Reverchon, Pascal Clairet), Julien then set about creating his own wines and has now become a stalwart of the Jurassien wine game.  

After visiting his neighbouring winemakers, Julien saw the benefits biodynamic farming could have on fruit yields and vine health, and beginning in 2012 quickly set out to convert all of his land to these practices.

Now fully organic/biodynamic, Julien creates beautiful wines from Chardonnay, Savagnin, Trousseau, Pinot Noir and Ploussard. Using stylistically typical Jurassic methods to perfection, extreme care and attention in the vineyard and the cellar.