In Eastern France lies the relatively unknown wine region of Jura, one very dear to our, and many other wine lovers', hearts. Across the globe the wines from this tiny area have been meteorically growing in popularity; praised for their individuality and precision.
Heres 5 very brief points that offer an overview of our obsession
Its an tres petit region - Jura makes up 0.2% of French wine growing area, everyone likes the small guys
It’s complicated - understanding the intricacies of the Jura is like understanding how computers work
They do what they want - growers and Winemakers in this region aren’t influenced by what the rest of the world is doing, insert Vin Jaune..
It's hard to get - so chances are, when you do see it on a restaurant list or super dooper website, it's probably been put there by someone who loves it
Curiosity + Individuality - some of these wines are unlike anything else you’ve tasted and often incredibly hard to put a finger on. ‘Mind fuck’ wines if you will.. We like that.
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First things first, the Jura is located just an hour's drive East of the famed Burgundy producing region which is home to the most expensive and sought after Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines in the world. Similarly to Burgundy, vine cultivation is thought to have existed here since the 9th Century (if not earlier), and has been attributed to the Cistercian monks, a prolific religious group thought to have been instrumental in the development of vineyard plantings and designations throughout Europe way back when.
The soaring Jura Alps to the west of the valley and high altitude stepped terraces mean that the conditions are exactly what you expect when thinking of mountain ranges.
Fiercely cold, bitter winters with temperatures that drop far below freezing, battling snowfall and steep inclines are just the tip of the iceberg.
You can ski and scoff Comte cheese here while sipping on some of the best, low-key wines of France.
Making up just 0.3% of vineyard plantings in France, over 15% (and increasing) of the region are certified organic. It's fair to say, wine grows in some of the most beautiful places in the world, but the Jura is another level. Spread over 2000 hectares (apparently Bordeaux is 120,000 hectares) and made up of around 72 villages.
Currently, there are Cote du Jura which covers the broad area of vineyards and three more precise AOC designations that produce wines with 5 main or noble varieties, 3 of which are considered unique to the region.
Savagnin and Chardonnay grapes make up the majority of the wine white production here, while most of you will be familiar with Chardonnay, it’s the Savagnin that is of most interest to us. No confusing it with Sauvignon Blanc! Savagnin makes dry white wine, as well as a wine called Vin Jaune, an oxidized, concentrated style that sits under a veil of flor. This style of wine is unique to the Jura, its costly, time consuming (minimum 6 years 3 months under veil) and results in wines with complexity and longevity similar to the great ports and sherry’s.
Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard make up the reds. With the Pinot showing very close links to that of Burgundy. Poulsard and Trousseau are grape varieties that are distinctly Jura! And are shown as pure varietals as well as within blends.
These are special, only small amounts of these wines make it to our lovely little island and we are here to supply you with the goods.
A quick scan of the internet will show you how much the wines of Jura mean to the nerds of the wine world, featuring on trendy high-end wine lists, sitting in the posh-est of London wine merchants and of course, now in the cellar of Star Superette?
Our first release of Jura wines comes in from a winery of unwavering integrity, with some of the rarest and most exceptional wines that we here at Star Superette will ever be able to offer.
We’ve been looking forward to writing about this release since last year when we were offered a tiny parcel from this producer at the very pinnacle of the region. We went hard and early (LOL) and managed to secure 18 different cuvees from this producer who is easily one of the most famous names associated with natural wine.
The winery? It’s a secret, for now.
Just like us, you’ve got one shot at trying these wines. So hold tight and have your index finger warmed and ready to click that ADD TO CART button come Monday 12pm.