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To the east of Burgundy and bordering Switzerland, the small French region of Jura offers unique red and white wines produced from both local varieties (Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau), in addition to international ones (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Vineyards are found on the west-facing slopes of the Jura Mountains, at 250-400m altitude and enjoy good levels of sunshine.

Two key characteristic Jura styles are the ‘Vin Jaune’ and the ‘Vin de Paille’, made according to unique production methods. The distinctive ‘Vin Jaune’ is an oxidiative white wine (often compared to a Fino Sherry in style), made from the Savagnin grape variety. The wine is fermented to dry and then barrel aged with a head space of oxygen for 60 months without being topped up. This process allows a thin layer of yeast or ‘flor’ to develop, resulting in wines with nutty, bread dough, yeasty, complex notes, structured by high alcohol and refreshing acidity.

By contrast, the ‘Vin de Paille’ from the Jura is a sweet wine produced from grapes dried off the vine and aged in oak for a minimum of 18 months. The result: highly sought-after beautifully sweet wines, with warming alcohol produced in very small amounts. Our shelves offer true bottles of liquid history from the Jura, dating back to eye watering dates - think 1774, 1893 and 1928 - liquid history!