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One thing has changed at Caves Jean Bourdy in recent years, though. They have been practicing biodynamics since 2005. Reasons for embracing the Steiner philosophy include reverence for the environment, and they’ve noticed the life and structure of their soil is healthier as a result.
Bourdy tells us that he recently conducted a tasting of the 1865 vintage of his domaine’s red and white Jura wines along with their Vin Jaune. He recounts how a group of international sommeliers deemed Caves Jean Bourdy one of the most unique domaines in the world, causing him to realize that, as the current generation, they cannot do better than their ancestors, but they believe they can do just as well. After tasting a range of their old vintage wines, we’re inclined to agree. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Côtes du Jura Rouge 2005
This is their first vintage after practicing biodynamic farming. A blend of Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir, the wine is kept in old casks for 4 years. A graceful, balanced wine with powdery tannins.
Côtes du Jura Rouge 1952
Layered and complex with barnyard notes rancio, umami, iodine and classic Poulsard notes of citrus.
Côtes du Jura Blanc 2005
Made from 100% Chardonnay. Expressive, mineral and balanced.
Vin Jaune 2001
Vin Jaune must be aged for six years and three months in oak, without topping the barrels. The result here is a savory, yeasty and saline-mineral wine.
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