In a nutshell: A deliciously mineral 'No Sulphites' Chardonnay, lightly oaked and with bags of character and personality
The lowdown: The small wine producing Jura region of eastern France sits between Burgundy and the Swiss border and lately it's been enjoying a well deserved period of prominence with Chardonnay proving to be one of its most successful grape varieties. Indeed, while quite modestly priced this wine bears favourable comparison with many more highly priced Burgundies. They use fruit from 50 year old vines which is fermented and aged in new oak foudres without filtering, racking, or the addition of sulphites. Essentially it's just left to mature in its own time with nature doing the rest. The outcome is wonderfully fresh, precise and tidy and is a great example of a wine where the fruit, minerality and subtle oak all sit in a satisfying harmony.
When to drink: It makes a perfect aperitif, and for food pairing it's made to go with stuff fresh from the sea - a generous basket of fruits de mer being just the thing.
The region of Jura in eastern France is fast becoming one of the country's most exciting winemaking areas. The regions vineyards are situated along a 50 mile stretch in between Burgundy and the Swiss border. And whilst still something of a lesser know region the wines from here are gaining recognition are deservedly becoming more widely seen.
The domaine was established in 1932 by Désiré Petit, who planted just under 1.5 hectares on the Côte de Feule. After being taken over by his sons Gérard and Michel the vineyard area was expanded to 27 hectares by 2008 along with a winery situated in the village of Pupillin. Now in the hands of the third generation of the Petit family, Damien and Anne-Laure the estate is in very capable hands. They produce wines from the classic Jura varieties of Ploussard, Trousseau and Savagnin as well from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines they makes include the regional specialities of Vins Jaunes and Vins de Paille alongside a remarkably good pinot noir, a range of excellent whites and a rich and floral Crémant du Jura.