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Light Bodied
Bottle, 750 ml
Franck Peillot
Serve At:
50°-54° F
France > Jura > BugeyVDQS

The Bugey is small viticultural area whose fame doesn’t extend much farther than the city of Lyons, where its sparkling Cerdon and Montagnieu have long been staples in bistros. Montagnieu is a village south of Cerdon, with premières côtes overlooking the Rhône valley, and most of its production is a white sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Roussette de Savoie, Gamay and Jacquère. Peillot, who took over his family estate five years ago, carries on the work of 4 generations before him. Peillot is also a believer in the quality of his Mondeuse grapes, and is the lone vigneron in the village who obtained the appellation Montagnieu Mondeuse with his red wine in the 1997 vintage. The terroir of Montagnieu is the last outpost of Jura which overlooks the Rhone, it's 600 meters high.

Located between Burgundy and Switzerland, this cool climate wine region produces wines with some grapes in common with Burgundy, and some that are native to the Jura. It's a tiny wine growing region with huge personality, a bit under 9 square miles. Jura wines are distinctive, unusual but appealing.

Perhaps the most renowned is Vin Jaune, made in a similar process to Sherry, developing under a flor-like strain of yeast and made from one of their local grapes, Savagnin. Jura Cremant is an approachable champagne-method sparkling wine, tending toward the crisp and fruity, sometimes with toasty maple notes. The sweet Vin de Paille of the region is made from dried Chardonnay, Savagnin and Poulsard grapes, which may develop a touch of noble rot as they shrivel before fermentation.

Many of the wines you'll find here tend to possess slightly oxidative qualities, the reds light and tart and the whites intense and rich. Color designations like Ruby and Coral add to the standard white, red and rose, owing to the not uncommon vinification of red and white grapes together.

Along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, native varieties Savagnin, Poulsard/Ploussard and Trousseau round out the Jura spectrum.

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