CÔTES DU JURA TRADITION

Grand Héritage

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2018  

Even if Henri Maire embodied for years the emblematic figure of the Jura wines, several generations have been necessary to patiently built one of the largest and greatest estates in the area, focused on key appellations such as Château-Chalon, l’Étoile and Arbois. The Domaine MAIRE & Fils covers nowadays 218 hectares of vines producing all the area grapes varieties.

The Jura wine region is small in size but large in its remarkable diversity. It covers 80 kilometres between Burgundy and Switzerland, in the eastern France.

Created in 1937, the AOC (designation of origin) of Cotes du Jura is omnipresent in the north and south of the vineyard, on varied and contrasting terroirs. It is the second leading AOC in Jura in terms of production, and it engages all five of the Jura's grape varieties. The whole range of wines of the Jura is represented, although the whites dominate - still or sparkling - with wines that are round, fruity, and generous.


The “TRADITION” term refers to a typical blend of the local grapes varieties. Our cuvee TRADITION red is a blend of Pinot Noir (70%), Trousseau (20%) and Poulsard (10%).


The Pinot Noir grape is often blended with other varieties in the Jura vineyard, for its flavour
and cellaring potential. Planted since the 15th century on gravelly soil, it is often the first vine
variety to ripen in the Jura.


The Trousseau is an old local, late-fruiting and demanding vine variety from the Franche-Comté
area. Trousseau requires light, gravelly, warm soil. It brings the peppery and spicy flavours to the wine.


The Poulsard is another old native grape variety, also known as “Ploussard”. This variety appreciates strong soils, with marl and clay. Its grapes, with white juices and a thin skin produce gourmet and lively juices, with hints of small red fruits and a stunning clear ruby red color.


In order to develop a harmonious cuvée, our Côtes du Jura comes from a selection of our best
plots. The soils are very varied: Bajocian limestones, calcareous scree and marls on the plots
attached to the hillside, to various clays. Lias and Trias on lands further forward, of variable
depth but always sitting on marls which may be exposed.


The work in the vines, is based on the respect of the nature and the soil. For young vines, located on steep slopes, to avoid erosion, we cultivate a row out of two, practice soil reassembly to aerate the lands subjected to settlement due to moisture, and grass with plants. Such as clover, which, by competing on the vine, can modulate its mineral and water supply and control its vigor and yield.


The restructuring of the vines contributes to the harmony of our cuvée: the young vines bring the exuberance, the freshness and the acidity. While the older specimens bring the structure and character.