In a nutshell: A bright and distinctive red full of cherry fruit flavours made from a rarely seen variety in the rolling hills of the Jura in eastern France.
The lowdown: This is made from the Jura's own grape variety, Trousseau, only a small amount of which is still grown in its native region It's a variety that sometimes struggles to ripen sufficiently so yields have to be kept low - think of it as a country cousin to Pinot Noir. It's fermented in large ancient oak barrels which add character, but without imparting excessivley dominant oak flavours. Here it displays perfectly much of its true varietal personality, characteristically perfumed and fragrant it has an enticing soft and honeyed fruit feel which envelops the bright red cherry core. There's a slight gamey quality too which sits well alongside the bright acidity and long, tasty finish.
When to drink: A good food partner to feathered game dishes like roasted partridge and grilled lamb also works well.
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.