Join us for a fascinating tasting on the fantastic and emerging little-known region of Jura in eastern France. This really is rural France, with the stunning backdrop of the Alps and beautiful scenery boasting a collection of serene lakes. This is the Franche-Comté, land of the Montbéliarde cow, the only cattle permitted for the production of delicious Comté cheese. On top of all of this we have a plentitude of unique and diverse wine produced, completely different to anything else in the whole world. Jimmy Smith, founder of West London Wine School has visited the regions copious times over the past 5 years and out of all his travels this region stands out as the most unique - the most weird and wonderful.
In addition Jimmy recently attended the Percee du Vin Jaune, France's largest wine festival that was held in Poligny in Jura, celebrating all things from Jura but especially Vin Jaune. And there was alot of pomp and celebration including a 'Vin Jaune' song that WILL be played at this tasting!
Jura as a whole region only boasts a little over 2000 hectares (the next nearest this is Alsace with 15,000 hectares) so is a drop in the French ocean of wine. We'll begin this evening on 'traditional' wines of the region is the easiest and classic to launch as it is synonomous with region's identity. The wines have a distinctive edge to them as most will go through some maturation 'sous-voile' meaning underneath a layer of yeast, similar to that of Sherry, though not fortified. This adds a wealth of depth and flavour including unique kernel notes such as walnut and almond.
We'll also focus on the newcomers to the region who are moving away from the traditional styles of Jura by utilising varities such as Savignin and Chardonnay but not under yeast (sous-voile) but as an 'ouille' style (topping-up the barrel). This art of topping up ensures limited/no oxidation therefore keeping the wines fresher and lively. The result is an emergence of juicy, mouthwatering wines which really were an absolute delight to taste and indulge in on our recent visit to Jura. We'll also see how these 'movers and shakers' are producing deliciously drinkable red wines from the Ploussard, Trosseau and Pinot Noir varieties.
Wines on Tasting: TBC
Places remaining: 3
Course Date/Time: Wed 1st May 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Wine Cellars, Fulham