"Field blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d'Alsace (white and red), Muscat à Petit Grain, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Traminer, Chasselas, Chasselas Rose. Residual sugar for 2009 of 70g/l." --importer Becky Wasserman
Jean-François can be found in the sleepy hamlet of La Combe, below the main village of Rotalier. From his modest 8.5 acres of vines -all owned, except one hectare rented, he makes up to 40 cuvees to capture the various terroir, grape varieties and winemaking styles that he feels represent the best of the Jura.
With a team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that graze the cover crops in and around the vineyards. Didier Barral farms thirty hectares of vineyards, incorporating biodynamic practices deep in the heart of the Languedoc. In this Mediterranean climate where summer heat waves and drought are common this 4.3 hectare site of 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah enjoys a southern exposure of vines up to 30 years old with deep roots in schist soil. Powerful and complex this expression is aged for two years in cement tanks for a pure expression of fruit.
"J.L. Chave Selection is the negociant label of Jean-Louis Chave, the doyen of Hermitage wine. Under the Selections label, Jean-Louis produces two Hermitages, one red and one white. The white Hermitage, called "Blanche," comes mainly from the lieu-dit 'Maison Blanch' which sits atop the hill of Hermitage."
Most of Maxime’s vineyard land is comprised of schist and limestone subsoils in the sub-appellation Hautes Corbières, bordering Fitou to the South. This wine is precise, fresh and floral with faint hints citrus peel and fennel; the grapes were grown at high altitude, no sulphur was used during vinification.