2015 AOC Crémant du Jura
Chardonnay from 30 year old vines. Light pressing of whole bunches in pneumatic press. Juice is allowed to settle for 24 hours in stainless steel tanks. Both fermentations take place over about 3 months in stainless steel tanks. Second fermentation takes place in bottles, and bottles remain on their lees for 18 months, before being disgorged.
Slightly nutty nose and the tiniest hint of oxidative characteristics. Then some nutmeg, pears, honey and oyster shells. The bubbles are initially sharp rather than fluffy, but not harsh - more invigorating - a nice spark to wake you up! The palate is in perfect balance – clean, slightly saline and fresh. Nice texture, and very dry. Tart green apple acidity and chalky tension roll into more creamy, lemon honey notes on the nice long finish. A well made wine that gives a lot of good Champagnes a run for their money, without the hefty price tag.