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The Jura is a major wine region located on the slopes of the Jura mountains in eastern France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. Those mountains also give their name to the Jurassic period, from which the area’s limestone soil dates. Once an important region, the Jura fell into obscurity -- blessedly so, as this has allowed it to retain its traditions and continue to produce its singular local wines. The region is dominated by small, family-owned estates, and this agrarian culture has helped preserve the region’s viticultural heritage.

The Jura is best known for its vin jaune, released under the appellations of L’Etoile and Chateau Chalon. This is a wine made from the Savagnin variety. It is fermented slowly and aged in small oak casks that are not topped up, so that the wine matures “sous voile” -- under a veil of active yeast similar to sherry’s flor. The result is a unique, oxidative wine released seven years after the harvest -- and not to be drunk Read more »

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  • Savagnin

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  • Brut Dargent Rose

    Snoothrank:

    The brut champagne, is great for $12- a steal, I love Veuve Cliquot and other quality champagne but decided to take a gamble on a cheapie. A pleasant surprise, yes I didn't throw it down the drain, I enjoyed it. Go and try this bargain, the word means quality for a lessor price!!!! Read More

    Wine review by Jackie132013


  • I have just been to collect my latest purchases which are not from the Jura but from Bordeaux www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80304www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80313www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80314www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80316 When I get around to drinking them I will.of course, be writing reviews on here Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Id recommend Gamay (Beaujolais) or for the more adventorous Trousseau eg. from ... from Philippe Bonard from Jura.  Good stuff with a highly interesting personalit Read More

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  • Arbois Savagnin Frederic Lornet 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this boittle of wine from a mail-order [well internet ] company ... ... ... for £15.It is from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps.The Arbois AOC was created in 1936 [although wine has been made in the region since at least medieval times]for wines ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have enjoyed both red and white wines from the Jura region but you do not often find them on sale. The Jura region accounts for only 1% of France's total wine production Read More

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  • Have enjoyed several versions over the years, but I always go back to the ... ... whites from the Tyrol and Jura, even dry chenin blanc or riesling)  and a variety of reds (first had it with Cab, but now prefer with Burgundy [not gag-worthy cherry cough syrup CA pinot], nebbiolo [barolo/barbaresco] or tempranillo  [rioja]) and even the likes o... Read More

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  • Henri Maire Rouge Vermeil Arbois Domaine de la Croix d'Argis 1996

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... for £21.50.It is from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps. The Arbois AOC was created in 1936 [ although wine has been made in the region since at least medieval times] for wines from around the small town of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I don't think the presence of RS in the "Grey Riesling" has much ... there are those fans of the Jura, where it is still grown, who would probably differ.&nbs Read More

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  • Frederic Lornet Arbois Trousseau 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a mail-order company [www.confitdirect.co.uk ... ] for £12. It is from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps.The Arbois AOC was created in 1936 [although wine has been made in the region since at least medieval times] for wines... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's coming retirement - the 200 day mark was ... ... Benoit Badoz Cotes du Jura Trousseau 2012'.Next, we walked about seven blocks over to 7th street to Sandra's favorite sherry bar, 'Mockingbird Hill', where we enjoyed a few glasses of sherry.  Sandra ordered the dry flight, while I ordered the Amontillado Palo Cor... Read More

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