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Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
The best Savagnin is produced from poor soils underlain with “marne grise” and the Crinquand Savagnin is planted in a singular one hectare parcel of compact grey marl. Vinified in large, old oak barrels and left there to age about four years before bottling, Crinquand’s Savagnin is a profound wine marked by notes of beeswax, cacao and walnut with a penetrating, long, almost tannic finish.
This domaine, situated in the center of the village of Pupillin, in the heart of the Arbois appellation, is three generations old. Mikael Crinquand tends the viticultural side of this multi-faceted family operation. The Overnoy-Crinquand families have always managed their holdings within Pupillin in a poly-cultural, organic fashion, tending seventy cows to produce milk for the famous Comté cheese of the region, harvesting grains and cereals and producing wine from the 5.5 hectares dedicated to vineyards.
The vineyards, situated entirely within the confines of Pupillin, are on rather severe slopes within the area known as “La Bidode”. All farming aspects are handled organically and that has been the case since the establishment of the domaine many decades ago. The vineyards are planted to a mix of the classic varieties of the Jura: two hectares of Ploussard, one hectare of Trousseau, one hectare of Savagnin and one and one-half hectares of Chardonnay. All harvesting is done by hand. The vinification and elevage of the wines is profoundly traditional giving the wines the pronounced and unique expression of the terroir of the Jura. Currently, 90% of the production is sold to private clients and we consider ourselves fortunate to have access to the limited amount of wine that is made available for export.
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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