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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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  • Poulsard

  • Savagnin

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Trousseau

    Trousseau Noir is one of the three principle red grapes of the Jura. The Portuguese Bastardo is the same grape. There...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • I know it is, that's why I said 'more' in the 2nd paragraph. ... ... unthinkingly assuming your Jura red was just another muscadet maker I didn't know. LOL. In my defense it's 5am over here on Monday morning and I haven't had any coffee yet.   BTW, whose did you purchase? I've had very little red from Jura. Mostly white and vin jaune.Some more... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... of those in Burgundy, the Jura, Etna.Well, maybe wine culture is rooted in those things, and certainly the Brits have been drinking wine for longer than the US existed. But in the 1950s and 60s, for most people in Britain, wine was viewed much as it was in the US - ... Read More

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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... of those in Burgundy, the Jura, Etna. . . . Let me put this another way: I had never expected to export wine to Europe. Why would they need our wines? This view is not limited to London, but I found a very focused attention to it there: "yes, we revere Clos St.Den... Read More

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  • Champ Divin Chardonnay 2011

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    Very, very light Chardonnay. Flavors are muted somewhat. Would be more complex, but flavors are just too subtle. Mostly just a wet drink. Some oak and minimal butter, nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Vignoble les Roussots Trousseau Cotes du Jura Domaine Badoz 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... about a tenner. The Cotes du Jura is an AOC created in 1937 for red, rose white and sparkling wines in the east of France close to the Swiss border covering a large area including 105 communes. The trousseau grape originated in this region but it is also grown in other parts of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Good luck at your fancy dinner. If you are having beef or steak I would be ... ... enough I once bought some Jura wine in the Jura on the way back home from the Riviera and I did enjoy it but there are not that many places selling it here in the UK. I hope you enjoy your wines and remember that you do not know what you like or don't like until... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Let me be Frank


  •  Have been a Scotch lover all my life and still am.Circumstances has  ... read about the wines of the Jura region in France and this was by no accident but because I collect clocks and if you are familiar with that region and their famous Mobier Clocks you'll know how I got to it.I am here to take my wine tasting skills a notch or two higher, l... Read More

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  • Rolet Rose Cremant du Jura NV

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    Fairly smooth bubbly Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Francois Montand White Blend Côtes du Jura NV

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    I love this stuff, equivalent Meth. Champ. wines cost $15 - $20 per btl. I love to have it with food that I can't decide whether to have a red or a white with. Perfect for parties & with hors d'oeuvres. A terrific value wine. Read More

    Wine review by bobading


  • The Jura is a small, obscure region in eastern France with a long history of wine making. In recent years, Jura wines have become more widely available and they are often sought after by sommeliers, wine geeks and illuminated wine lovers. Why?  Maybe because of the legendary nature of the Vin Jaune, or maybe cause the wines are fresh and interes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic THE Jura book we all need


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