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.

Also called “rosé d’été” (summer rosé) in the Jura region, our Grand Minéral rosé is a blend of the local red grapes varieties: Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard.
With its light and elegant raspberry pink colour, this wine offers a very pleasant nose, on fresh red fruits flavours (cherry, raspberry, strawberry) combined to pleasant English candy notes. In the mouth, it is a very elegant, well-structured and fresh wine offering a frank yet supple attack. A very refreshing and harmonious wine, where purity and fruitiness are perfectly balanced.
Enjoy as an aperitif, with thinly sliced local charcuterie, garden vegetables and all summer dishes such as a grilled white meat, a filet of pork in curry sauce, grilled prawns, tapas, and mixed salads.
Serve chilled at a temperature of 10°C (48°F).
This pleasant wine is ready to drink now or within 2 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 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.
Grand Minéral rosé is a bled rosé (rosé de saignée) made from the 3 red grapes varieties of the Jura.

The grapes were handpicked and sorted on sorting table at their arrival at the winery. Then they were put in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks for maceration. The bleeding process consists in quickly extracting the macerated juices (intended for the production of red wines) and proceeding separately to its vinification.

The cuvée was voluntary worked without malolactic fermentation to maintain and keep to aid the wine's freshness and fruit.
Having endured the nights at the beginning of April, we were spared from the effects of the frost. A budburst on 13 April and flowering on 23 May promised an early harvest. June saw more than 150 mm of rainfall, allowing the marl soils to build up some healthy reserves to cope with the hot summer weather.

The harvest, running from 16 August to 15 September. The excellent health of the grapes allowed us to prolong the harvest until mid-September, with the opportunity to boost the maturity of the reds to their best polyphenolic potential, particularly for the Pinot Noir grapes, creating powerful, full-bodied wines. The white Chardonnays and Savagnins express floral aromas with a perfectly balanced mineral structure.