Friday, December 29, 2017

Domaine Macle Featured in Wine Advocate

The latest issue of Wine Advocate features an article about Jura producer Domaine Macle. Author Luis Gutiérrez notes: "I first wrote about the Jura in early 2010, and I already wondered if Domaine Macle was the greatest winery in Jura. When it comes to consistency, quality of the terroir and traditional floraged wines, they surely are." This is a fantastic deep dive into a small production winery in a little-known area, complete with a vertical tasting with wines going back to 1979.

Coming from a long line of barrel makers, the Macle family settled in Château Chalon in 1850 to grow wine. Initially they practiced mixed agriculture, but by the 1960’s were focused solely on wine. They cultivate 12 hectares, 8 planted to Chardonnay in the Côte de Jura and 4 planted to Savagnin in Château-Chalon. Laurent Macle is the 7th generation winemaker of Domaine Macle. He works closely with his father, Jean, to produce some of the top wines from the Jura. Breaking with long-standing tradition, Laurent has experimented with producing a non-oxidative (ouille) wine in very small proportions. According to Laurent, after sampling other examples of this style, he simply wanted to try his hand at it. What sets Macle apart from nearly all other Jura producers is their ability to give clear, diverse and unique flavors, with an undeniable mineral-driven elegance.

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