Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wine of the Week - Les Chais du Vieux Bourg "Le Micmacvin" Macvin du Jura

Just in time for Thanksgiving, try this fortified wine from Jura. The Les Chais du Vieux Bourg "Le Micmacvin" Macvan du Jura is made from equal parts late harvested Savignin and Chardonnay. The grapes are fortified with Marc du Jura, which stops fermentation and results in a naturally sweet wine. Wine Spectator magazine says of the 2010 vintage: "Aromas of pear and peach eau-de-vie give way to a bouncy, frankly sweet core of lemon sherbet, peach cobbler and tinned apricot."

The Jura is a small, mountainous winegrowing region located between Burgundy and Switzerland in the far east of France. The region is fairly isolated and has retained a strong sense of tradition, marked by unique grapes and unusual wine styles. The owners of Les Chais du Vieus Bourg (which translates to “the cellars of the old town”), Ludwig Bindernagel and Nathalie Eigenschenck, purchased the Domaine in 2000. Their first vintage came shortly after in 2002. Their motto of “the wine is made in the vineyard” is exemplified by the fact Ludwig works with the vines every day. The strict attention to detail and quality helps create very complex wines with depth and layers that reflect the individuality of Jura.

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