Friday, April 16, 2010

all the cool kids are doing it!

Oxidized Wines - Imbibe Magazine

Love that this touches on the Jura and some of the producers listed. Trust that when I get around to Spain, Lopez de Heredia's at the top of the list. I've definitely gotten wind of the Scholium Project and am REALLY looking forward to hunting those wines down.

the last word on Jura

@Wink Lorch
Ok, maybe not the LAST word, but it's time to move on. You could spend a lifetime examining and appreciating this tiny region with its idiosyncratic wines, and I'm way too tempted to do just that. Happily, more and more wine bloggers, retailers, sommeliers, educators, etc. are being exposed the awesome quirks and terroir of the Jura. Who knows, maybe Savagnin will be the new Pinot Grigio!


What's that you say? You've got a fever and the prescription is MORE JURA?!?

Ok, wild (wo)man, I found a fantastic publication about the Jura in the Sommelier's Journal. It includes maps, AOC profiles, the whole shebang.

Dig in.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Montbourgeau: 2006 l'Etoile + 2000 l'Etoile Cuvée Spéciale

2006 Montebourgeau l'Etoile Blanc (had this back in 08.09)
The l'Etoile Blanc is mostly oxidized Chardonnay with a twist of Savagnin(?)---think baby Vin Jaune. -uber-fermented apples, hazelnuts *otn, really prominent acidity, medium weight. smells like vin jaune, but fresher, not as oxidized otp. this could easily cellar.

2000 Montbourgeau l'Etoile Cuvée Spéciale
Unfortunately, I can't find anything info on what makes this cuvée 'spéciale'---perhaps more time in barrel/bottle? The word on the street is that it's 100% Chard, but still looking for some confirmation on that dirty rumor.
-slightly cloudy, a mix of nail polish remover/walnuts otn; full mouthfeel with incredibly acidity, some remnant hints of apple. a crazy mouth-perfume of pure-walnut. whoa.

*shorthand - on the nose