Domaine de Montbourgeau is in the village of L’Etoile, within the Jura wine region in eastern France. The Jura is renowned for its distinct winemaking traditions, including the traditional winemaking technique called “ouillé” (topping up barrels to avoid oxidation) for some of its wines.
The estate has a history dating back several generations. It was founded in 1920 by Pierre Jeannin and has remained in the family ever since. Today, it is run by Nicole Deriaux, Pierre Jeannin’s granddaughter.
The Domaine owns vineyards covering around 9 hectares of land and is primarily planted with indigenous Jura grape varieties such as Savagnin, Chardonnay, Poulsard, and Trousseau.
One of the standout wines produced by Domaine de Montbourgeau is Vin Jaune, a type of oxidative wine made from the Savagnin grape and aged in small oak barrels for at least six years and three months. This ageing process allows the wine to develop its characteristic nutty and oxidized flavours.
Aside from Vin Jaune, the estate also produces other Jura wine styles, including Côtes du Jura Blanc, white wines made primarily from Chardonnay, often displaying the region’s signature oxidative character. L’Etoile, a sub-appellation within the Jura region, producing white and red wines, typically made from Chardonnay and Poulsard or Trousseau, respectively. Macvin, a traditional Jura fortified wine blending freshly pressed grape juice with Marc (a distilled grape spirit). Côtes du Jura Rouge, red wines made primarily from the Poulsard and Trousseau grape varieties, ranging from light and fruity to more structured and complex.