Newsletter: Domaine De La Borde 2-Pack

Newsletter: Domaine De La Borde 2-Pack

Nestled high in the French Alps, between Burgundy and the Swiss border, sits the formerly-obscure region once known mostly for the Sherry-esque 'Vin Jaune'. And although Vin Jaune is still produced, the Jura today is home to some of the most dynamic young winemakers in France. True, blue-collar vignerons, bottling complex, thought provoking wines packed with bright, lip-smacking flavors.

Today's duo from Julien Mareschal's Domaine de la Borde are personal favorites from this region I adore. I've been hunting his wines down with fervor since tasting them in a Paris wine shop over three years ago. These are some of the best the modern Jura movement has to offer, and the antithesis of nutty, wooly Vin Jaune.

A Chardonnay and Savagnin crafted in an un-oxidized style, a contrasting couple, yet both bare unmatched precision and a Burgundian laser-focused purity. Each showcase oodles of distinct, Jurassic saline minerality and high elevation pop

I'm often asked which wines I'm most excited about right now, my answer: these whites from Julien Mareschal. 
'Foudre à Canon' Arbois Blanc 2020

Entirely Savagnin, a native Jura variety, from vines planted on gray and blue marl soils. After manual harvest, the grapes are partially de-stemmed and fermented in large, old oak barrels where the wine ages for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Full of life! The nose is marked by flinty, reductive minerality underpinned by fresh meyer lemon, crunchy green apple, jasmine and hazelnut. The palate is awash in an array of yellow citrus and florals, marked by a bolt of serious acidity and salty minerals. A mouthwatering wine that's as serious as it is refreshing. 
'Côte de Caillot' Arbois Blanc 2022

100% Chardonnay planted on rich, clay dominant soils mixed with limestone. Grapes are hand harvested and fermented and aged in large, neutral oak foudre, completely topped up in the ouillé style. After two years in barrel, its bottled without fining or filtering.

Reminiscent of whites from the Côte de Beaune, there's an astounding purity of fruit on the nose, like fresh lemon on a tree. Accents of white flowers, golden apple and baking spice are interwoven. The palate builds on this with immense concentration balanced by crisp orchard fruit and a saline mineral vein. Easily outclasses plenty of white Burgundy in its price range. 
Domaine de la Borde began in 2003, when Jura native Julien Mareschal returned home having changed his mind about agriculture school. Coming from a family of cereal grain farmers, Julien found a love of wine during his studies and quickly changed programs from agriculture to viticulture. Eventually studying under Jura legends Pierre Overnoy and Emmanuel Houillon.

Today, he farms just 5 hectares of vines, including all three traditional Jura varieties alongside Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His precise, mineral style and respect for Jura's history have already cemented him in a roster of top young producers taking up the torch in the region. 
Domaine de la Borde 2-PACK  - $124.98


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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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