Our search for great Pinot Noirs has taken us all over the world. Places like Burgundy and California, are traditionally known for making great Pinot Noir, and now Oregon’s wines are gaining international recognition. Pinot Noir is a grape that grows best in cool climates. As the earth warms, we are seeing different wine regions affected, which is providing new varietal opportunities for vineyards who traditionally couldn’t grow certain grapes, like Pinot Noir. Last year, I tasted a number of Pinot Noirs from Germany and Switzerland, that really blew me away. Today’s offering is from the foothills of Jura, and it might be the best of them all!
The Jura is not France's best known wine region, it is better known for great cheeses, Michelin starred restaurants, Louis Pasteur, and great skiing. What you may not know, is that there are plenty of terrific wines made there. The area is only about an hour drive from Burgundy where the most expensive Pinot Noirs in the world are made. The climate is similar to that of Burgundy, however it is a bit cooler overall and the winters are much harsher. Some winemakers in Burgundy have recently begun to make wine here, more will follow I am sure.
Fabrice and Valérie Closset-Gaziaux are both former engineers, who after falling for wine, travelled as biodynamic consultants for wineries in South Africa and France, before they headed home to the Jura. In 2008, they acquired about twelve acres of land in South-Revermont, the “premier plateau” of Jura, immediately making the property organic and biodynamic. They love to be outside and work their land, but their winemaking approach is hands-off. This is one of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir I have tasted, bursting with crushed fruit and minerals. It reminds me of drinking a Gevrey-Chambertin about ten years ago, at a third of the price!
These are in stock at all of our locations. This is a top Pinot Noir from an ancient wine growing region, fans of this varietal or of the Cotes du Nuits will enjoy this cool, climate expression of this legendary grape!
This 100% Pinot Noir is grown in clay-limestone soils in Cotes du Jura. All hand-harvested and farmed biodynamically, the nose is fresh and vibrant with red fruits and violets. There are lots of crushed cherry and game flavors, a great sweet/savory balance and chalky tannins. A classic French Pinot Noir!