White, Ready, but will keep

2009 Crémant du Jura, Brut, Domaine Grand

2009 Crémant du Jura, Brut, Domaine Grand

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Grand | Code: 28852 | 2009 | France > Jura > Cotes du Jura | Chardonnay | Light-Medium Bodied, Dry | 12.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Domaine Grand

Domaine Grand

The Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Cotes du Jura

Cotes du Jura

Côtes du Jura is an AOC in the Jura wine region producing red and rosé wines from Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir grapes, and white wines from Chardonnay (known locally as Melon d'Arbois) and Savagnin which bears similarities with the aromatic Gewürztraminer.

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