CÔTES DU JURA TRADITION 2018

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.

After the manual harvest, the grapes are receipted at the winery and put into thermoregulated stainless steel tank for a total maceration of 12 days. Followed regularly throughout the fermentation, incorporating some pumping and pigeage.

At the moment of pressing, the press and drop juices of each cuvee are assembled and withdrawn for malolactic fermentation on fine lees.

The wines are then aged in stainless tank for 8 months and blended together (70 % Pinot Noir, 20 % Trousseau and 10% Poulsard) before light filtration and bottling.

This cuvee TRADITION offers a perfect balance between the elegance and the finesse of the Pinot Noir, and the spicy, crispy notes with a little wilderness of the local grapes.

In the glass the wine offers an intense dark cherry-red colour. The nose gives off small red
berries aromas, with pleasant spicy hints. In the mouth, the wine is lively, with hints of spice and ripe fruit. It has an elegant structure and a long, elegant finish.

Serve at a temperature of average 14 to 15°C (57-59°F) and discover with grilled or roasted meats, a salad with poultry liver, quails with raisins, or in accompaniment of a beautiful plate of French cheeses.

5 to 8 years.

2018: An exceptional vintage!

There are vintages that make a mark on a whole region, and the 2018 will no doubt be one of these. Harvesting began on 20 August with the Crémants. They lasted for a month and the weather was perfect and quality exceptional. The grapes were in perfect health and had reached optimum ripeness.

The end of the winter was very cold with intense episodes of frost, which prolonged the dormancy of the vines. Bud-burst was later than usual but there were no spring frosts. The spring was very hot, with rain and frequent storms. There was even some hail, but fortunately, the estate’s vines were spared.

Summer was hot and dry, as it was across France, even on the vine-growing plateaus of the Jura, which are usually cooler.

Conditions were perfect for sunny harvesting. Apart from the Savagnin varietal, which is more sensitive, and suffered a little from the intense heat, the harvest was abundant and very high in quality.