Made from Savagnin, a variety indigenous to the Jura that thrives in marnes grise soil (aka grey or blue marl), this wine is aptly named Blue Earth as these vines are planted on blue marl soil in Arbois . This wine is made ouillé, so that during its aging in used oak barrel, it is “topped up” to avoid oxygen coming in contact with the wine. As a result the fresh, stony/flinty, white flower and honeysuckle florals, lemon zest and white peach character of this Savagnin is retained in the bottle along with exceptionally bright acidity. There is also a complex bitter note that fades nicely as the wine gets air. This medium bodied wine works really well with fish and shellfish dishes, and chicken or pasta especially in cream or stock sauces. The 2012 also can accompany a cheese course to close out your meal. Just be careful not to chill this wine too much because it will mask the full range of aromas and flavors that his wine can provide. Don’t miss the versatility of this beauty.
As an aside, the other style of Savagnin that you’ll encounter in the Jura – and which André-Jean also produces, so let us know if you’re interested -- is sous voile, where the wine is made in a deliberately oxidative style in which the wine is exposed to oxygen during maturation and ages under veil. As a result, depending upon the length of time the wine stays sous voile, the wine develops complex nutty and spicy (think curry) aromas alongside tangy citrus elements. A different experience for certain, but paired with the right dishes or cheeses and the convergence can be harmonic.
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