Grape(s): 70% Chardonnay, 30% Savagnin
Localization: Jura, France
Tasting Notes: Subtle flavors, with lemon and apples, and lots of white florals. Damn, that’s good. Really limestone fresh and sea shell mineral too. Gentle and soft and effortless to drink. So well balanced and polished with no rough edges. Sublime.
Notes: From 20-60-year-old vines from the Petit Curoulet parcel, grown on blue marl. Ferment commences in the tank, then the wine goes into 500-liter barrels (4-5 years old) to complete both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged on lees for 18 months and topped up weekly.
The Domain: André-Jean and Héléana Morin own the 12 hectare estate, Domaine de la Touraize in Arbois, Jura. André-Jean is the eighth generation to farm in Arbois, a village which is 1936, was among the very first wine-producing areas to receive AOC status from the French government.
The domain takes its name from a small parcel of vines on a steep hillside called “La Touraize”. This was the only parcel of vines that André-Jean’s grandfather kept after World War 1. André-Jean’s father expanded the family’s vineyards and continued his father’s practice of selling his grapes to the local cooperative. In 2010 André-Jean decided to begin estate bottling his production and built a small winery on the edge of town. Each year, he produces more wine in bottles, with the goal of bottling 100% of his production. André-Jean’s 12 hectares are divided into parcels in many “lieux-dits” that surround the village of Arbois, including La Touraize, Les Corvées, La Flandre and Les Petits Curoulets. André-Jean began farming organically in 2016 and is in conversion to gain certification. With the exception of some young Savagnin vines, all of the vineyards are hand-harvested. All wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts and the total SO2 in the wines ranges from 20mg/L to 60mg/L.