White, Ready, but will keep

2006 Vin Jaune, Château-Chalon, Domaine Grand

2006 Vin Jaune, Château-Chalon, Domaine Grand

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Grand | Code:  21144 | 2006 | France > Jura > Cotes du Jura | Savagnin | Medium Bodied, Medium Dry | 15.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Domaine Grand

Domaine Grand

The Grape

Savagnin

Savagnin

Savagnin is a high-quality white-wine grape cultivated almost exclusively in the Jura in eastern France. It is cultivated to a limited extent throughout the Jura vineyards (usually on the poorest marls soils on west-facing slopes) and may be included in any of the region's white wine appellations.

However it is most widely used but is usually in practice reserved for the Jura's extraordinary vin jaune. The Jura's most renowned wine undergoes a process similar to sherry, whereby a film of yeast covers the surface, thereby preventing oxidation but allowing evaporation and the subsequent concentration of the wine. The result is a "sherry-like" wine with a delicate, nutty richness.

Renowned ampelographer Pierre Galet maintains that Savagnin is identical to the Traminer which was once grown widely in Germany, Alsace, Hungary, and Austria, and that Gewürztraminer is the pink-berried musqué mutation of Savagnin.

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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