Not only is the Jura home to some of the finest cheeses in the world, like Comté and Morbier, but its wines are among France’s most distinctive. This small region…

Not only is the Jura home to some of the finest cheeses in the world, like Comté and Morbier, but its wines are among France’s most distinctive. This small region around the town of Arbois is where Louis Pasteur solidified the understanding of micro-organisms in wine. Jancis Robinson calls it ‘the next small thing’.

Very close to Burgundy and bordering Switzerland, stylistically the wines are, perhaps, a blend of the two.

The region is known for an ensemble of reds that show great depth and also produces long-ageing, full-bodied whites and oxidative ‘yellow wines’. We love the juicy, red-fruited Trousseau from Domaine Grand. A staff favourite, it offers better value and drinkability than Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Try it; it is delicious.

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Wines made from Trousseau typically have a deep cherry-red color and flavors redolent of dark red berries and other forest fruits,’ says Wine Spectator. Jancis Robinson adds: ‘Trousseau’s rather deeper reds intriguingly combine pepper and violet scents.’

The other famous native grape is Savagnin Blanc‘Identical to the heady Traminer but in Jura is capable of making extremely tense, long-lived, full-bodied dry whites as well as versions that are deliberately oxidised,’ explains Robinson.

Stéphane Tissot is one of the finest producers in the region and his Trousseau and Savagnin are both profound wines. Buy the mixed pack below, or view all of our Jura wines here.

These deliberately oxidised whites and finely fruited reds will expand your horizons. They are a must-have for all winemakers and wine geeks!

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Tasting notes:

Domaine Grand, Trousseau, Côtes du Jura 2013 – R 255
Domaine Grand Trousseau 2013 is a juicy red that offers uncomplicated but intriguing Burgundian-style drinking. It is light in body, but shows forest floor and cherry notes with a slightly nutty and herbal edge. Trousseau thrives in very sunny parts of the Jura and appears in the warmest 5% of the region. ‘Wines made from Trousseau typically have a deep cherry-red color and flavors redolent of dark red berries and other forest fruits.’ – Wine Spectator

Domaine Grand, Chardonnay, Côtes du Jura 2012 – R 245
Very much like Burgundy, but with a salty twist. ‘Medium pale colour, clear fruit on the nose with a faint touch of vanilla, a typically yeasty Chardonnay on the palate. Medium bodied with good length. Drink 2014-2015.’ – Jasper Morris MW

Domaine Grand, Tradition, Côtes du Jura 2011 – R 325
‘A blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% savagnin. Medium full in colour, the classical slightly sherrified Jura nose yet attractively racy, and with good energy. Juicy fruit sits in the middle of the mouth, lively finish, much fresher than the first sniff suggests. Drink 2014-2017.’ – Jasper Morris MW

Tissot, Arbois Savagnin 2011 – R 695
‘Fine bright yellow with some depth to it. Tissot’s skill delivers a magical, concentrated, tangy nose, very much in the lively sherry style with a lovely salty note, fresh walnuts too. This is really classy in its Jurassic Savagnin style, but there is also lovely pure fruit behind, clean and stylish. Good length here. Wonderful to drink as an aperitif and great with walnuts after dinner. Drink 2015-2018.’ – Jasper Morris MW

Tissot, Arbois Trousseau Singulier 2013 – R 550
‘This is a beautiful wine, from Stephane Tissot – one of the finest of all Jura winegrowers. It’s a wine that flirts with greenness and gets away with it – even more than gets away with it, actually. The greenness is a beautifully integrated element of the flavour. It’s really complex and beguiling.  This lighter-styled yet full flavoured red is quite beautiful. There’s lovely pure raspberry and cherry fruit with an attractive sappy greenness in the background. It’s fine, fresh and bright with real complexity and some spicy notes. A delicious wine that’s also mentally engaging.’ – Jamie Goode, 94/100

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