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Tasting notes:The resulting wine is fresh, high in acid, and generous, with notes of quince, salty minerals, and granny smith apple. It is at home with nearly any style of cheese, young and old. For a truly classic pairing, though, you should grab a slice of Comté, some crusty bread, and enjoy.
Le Clos des Grives’ iteration of Côtes du Jura Chardonnay ‘Musicienne’ is a product of the ‘ouillé’, or topped off, style of Jura white wines. Whereas some of the region’s more prominent whites are made ‘sous voile’ in an intentionally oxidative style, as the region has gained more renown, the freshness-forward ouillé style has become more and more popular.
‘La Musicienne’ is sourced from 35 year old vines the Côtes du Jura appellation. The dominant soil type in the vineyard is limestone, which is crucial for the development of complex, mineral-driven Chardonnay. In the cellar, the wine is fermented naturally and aged in a mixture of old oak barrels and stainless steel tank. Both vessels are topped off regularly to ensure freshness.
The vineyard is located 300-350 meters above sea level in the heart of the Jura, near the two prestigious appellations Château-Chalon and l'Etoile, in the small village of Chille. Le Clos des Grives consists of more than 4 hectares, on limestone with south and south-west exposure. The five grape varieties found in this vineyard are Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Noir, Poulsard and Trousseau.
Clos des Grives was created in 1962 by Gaston Charbonnier, a pioneer in organic viticulture, and in 1968 Le Clos des Grives was the first vineyard in the Jura to be fully certified (EcoCert). Claude Charbonnier took over on his father's death in 1982 and the business continued in the same vein until 2017 when Benoît Mulin bought the business.
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