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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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Or in this case, ancient Greek wine. Interesting to consider the origins of the ... ... techniques still used in Jura and elsewhere. I do like the modern Jura versions.Dionysos making wine with satyrs and maenads: Excited old guys making their own wine:  Those ancient Greek jars were amphorae, and after storage in them, when it came time to dri... Read More

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  • Jura's great. First encountered the wines when I made a trip there in the effort to chase down some vin jaune (grapes dried on straw before vinification) I'd heard about but not yet seen, back in the early '80s. During that trip I also  got to meet their distinctive-but-excellent chardonnays, in depth, and some pure PNs. On later trips, and thro... Read More

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  • Don't see much Jura posted, I'll try to keep that producer in mind Duncan. Read More

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  • DUNCAN - I've always liked wines from the Jura region.  Smooth and supple, good fruit also. Read More

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  • I had a lovely wine which is easily the equal of a good Burgundy, a Cotes du Jura from Jean Bourdy,which is a blend of one third each of pinot noir,trousseau and poulsard,the last two being grapes native to the Jura region Read More

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  • Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura Rouge 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a shop in London [ ... ] The Cotes du Jura is an appellation created in 1937 for red,white,rose and sparkling wines from 105 communes between Burgundy and the Swiss border,an area known as Franche-Comte. Jean Bourdy is a well established family concern operating in this area.My bottle is made up of a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Clervigny Arbois Reserve 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £8.50. It is from the Jura region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps. The Arbois appellation was created in 1936 [although wine has been made here since at least medieval times]for red,white,rose and sparkling wines from 1... Read More

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  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... Rolet Arbois 2011, France/Jura40% Poulsard, 30% Pinot, 30% TrousseauHaven't tried yet, really interested in this one. Read More

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  • BLM, yeah I figured it was pretty close to Meyrin. It's generally ... ... since I was last there.The Jura is also within relative striking distance, but requires more time than something surgical to Lyons. Very different wines there, though I do like many of them. That's a chardonnay of a different color.Now for a curveball, and not quite on t... Read More

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  • Yes the escargot are available around here. The grenouille not so much but ... but there is a place in the Jura that specializes in them. Reminds me I am due.  They both are an excuse to carry huge quantities of garlic and thus I do enjoy them. Sort of like a dose of the Gilroy garlic festival. DMC-  the airport place is not too far from the la... Read More

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