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Jura Wine Masterclass


It may be less than an hour from Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, but once you exit the auto-route and begin to wind your way through the Jura countryside this world-famous wine regions couldn’t feel more different.

Instead of wall to wall vineyards, the green rolling hills and paddocks support many uses, including grazing of dairy cows, the milk from which produces Comté, one of France’s best known and loved cheeses. And beyond its towns and villages, the Jura Mountains, which straddle the eastern border of France and Switzerland, provide a dramatic backdrop of untamed forests.

While it shares some grapes with Burgundy, notably Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Jura is more renowned for wines made with grape varieties not found in other parts of France, especially Savagnin, Melon à Queue Rouge (actually a unique strain of Chardonnay), Ploussard (called Poulsard in some parts of the Jura) and Trousseau.

Sometimes challenging, Jura is one of the France's most polarising regions and subsequently, by us, one of its most beloved. 

The most famous Jura wine is Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine), a white wine made with Savagnin, where the wine must be aged for a minimum of 6 years and 3 months without being topped up in the barrel. Over time, as the wine evaporates, it forms a yeast flor, much like sherry does, which becomes its only protection from oxygen. The slightly nutty wine that results, when it’s finally bottled, is a perfect accompaniment for the region’s famous Comté.

Jura is known for many other styles of wine as well, ranging from fresh, acidic sparkling wines (Crémant du Jura) right through to rich liqueurs (known as MacVin).

We’ll explore many of them in this tasting with one of the best producers from this appelation such as Phillipes Bornard & Octavin.

This event will be hosted by regular visitors, experts and importers Sue and Roger from Living Wines.

When: Thursday September 15th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00 pm
Where: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St. Sydney CBD
Tickets: Sold out

 We’ll be trying: 

Phillippe Bornard Chardonnay Les Gaudrettes 2012
Tony Bornard Le Chardo Gai 2014
Michel gahier Arbois Chardonnay Les Follasses 2013
Tony Bornard Le Vin de Ploussard 2014
Bornard Ploussard Tant Mieux 2015
Octavin Corvees de Trousseau 2014
Michel Gahier Arbois Vin Jaune 2006
Phillipe Bornard L'Ivresse de Noe (Sweet)

Wines are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Thanks to Living Wine for sharing their notes for this article.

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Paul Hervy