From a phenominal parcel of Chateau Chalon that is produced sous voile (not topped up). This was quite a ride for me and I drink a lot of Jura. The merky orange colour in the glass was only the beginning. There was intensity and a flavour profile that usually comes from wines made using skin contact. It's uber aromatic and inviting, sensual some might say. I drank this over 4 days (I'm surprised it lasted!) and it's evolution shows that it will cellar well into the future. Excitement in my glass and my belly :) - Chris L
François Rousset is producing some of the most captivating wines in the Jura right now, of that there is no doubt. Recent bottles consumed have further confirmed this and the glacial pace with which his white wines age; these are wines that seemingly transcend time.
François first became interested in wine growing up in Burgundy where his father was a micro-biologist for the Hospices de Beaune. Childhood trips were spent in the Jura getting to know and falling in love with a parcel of family vines which he would later vinify with his father, belonging to his Grandfather.
After earning an oenology degree he returned to his Jura roots and in 2006 launched his winery. While his scientific background provides François with a literal understanding of the transformation from grape to wine, he's most influenced by keen intuition, and winemaking lore passed down from his Great Grandfather, who was also a winemaker.
This central part of the Jura is very much the undiscovered Jura, characterized by imposing limestone and marl cliffs perched atop pedestals of sloping vineyards. It is a raw, imposing beauty very different to the gentle slopes further south. He fashions wines within the Château Chalon appellation, labelled as Côtes du Jura since he makes them in a non-oxidative (ouillé or topped-up) style. Vinified by parcel (farming is organic-certified) with little to no sulphur and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Francois wines are complex and very concentrated, falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral, delicate and exotic and rich. They are somewhat reminiscent of the Ganevat and Labet wines with the same laser-like acidity and tension alied to serious concentration and depth. - Importer Note
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