Next we move to the elegant, almost Burgundian Chardonnay from Domaine de la Borde. Winemaker Julien Mareschal grew up in the Jura, however he learned to make wine in Burgundy. It should be no surprise, then, that many of his wines bear the elegance and precision of many of Burgundy’s best Chardonnays. Julien’s parcel for Côte de Caillot comes also from the Arbois Pupillin appellation. Committed to natural winemaking as is common in the Jura, Julien’s vines are all certified organic and many are currently in conversion to biodynamics. His vineyard sites are among the highest in elevation in the appellation, allowing for the retention of acidity and elegance.
Côte de Caillot is sourced from a single parcel of 40 year-old vines with a gravelly limestone-based terroir sitting at 500 meters above sea level. It is fermented exclusively with indigenous yeasts, and is only partially destemmed before fermentation. It is aged for at least 12 months in old barrels, with the goal here also being minimal contact with oxygen. Only a small dose of sulphur is given at bottling. This fresh, lively, and mineral Chardonnay just might fool you for high-grade Puligny Montrachet. The Jura has long been better known for cheese than for wine, and zesty whites like this go beautifully with washed rind cheeses like Fromager des Clarines.