Grand Minéral

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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 234 hectares of vines producing all the area grapes varieties.

The Chardonnay grape variety, originating from Burgundy but cultivated in the Jura since the 10th Century, has become a native of the region. Its great adaptability makes it the most prominent grape variety today, especially on limestone and light soils.

The Chardonnay expresses itself wonderfully, offering fresh and well balanced wines with aromas of white fruits, hawthorn and acacia notes. The beautiful minerality on the palate reveals a racy and elegant wine.
Drink as an aperitif with gougères. It will also be perfect with langoustines, a beautiful fish and of course all cheeses from the French Jura area : Comté, Morbier, Mont d'Or.
Serve ideally slightly fresh between 12° and 14°C (53-57°F).
2 to 3 years.
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.
In order to develop a harmonious cuvée, our Côtes du Jura comes from a selection of our best plots. The Chardonnay grow on clay limestone soils.

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 Guyot double size is necessary for the Chardonnay to better control its performance. 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.
Reception of the grapes, vatting by gravity into a thermo-regulated tank for the fermentation.

They are pressed, and musts are settling under control temperature.

Then the fermentation starts, maintained at low temperature (20- 22°C). Ageing in stainless steel tanks, on fine lees and for 2 -3 months to aid the preservation of the wine's minerality, purity of fruit and crisp acidity.

Starting on August 28, in our large vineyard, the 2023 harvest was well anticipated, particularly for the Crémants du Jura with around 10 days of cutting which allowed to maintain good acidity and finally to obtain a magnificent harvest.

Our most qualitative plots this year were on white grape varieties: Chardonnay and Savagnin.

The reds remain on the tightrope and the choice of the harvest date was once again decisive, but here too, everything was well anticipated to offer a beautiful vintage for the reds as well!

No frost in 2023 and we would be very happy to keep this level of harvest every year as 2023 brings the volume well above a ten-year average with something reminiscent of the 2018 vintage, the benchmark vintage in the Jura regarding volumes.