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Domaine Berthet-Bondet, Jura

More famously known as a tourist destination, the wines often come as a pleasant surprise.

Jean Berthet-Bondet has been working his land since 1984, spanning only 10 hectares with most vines over 30 years old, this estate is steeped in history and heritage.

Today half of Jean's land is in the Château Calon appelation where the Savagnin grape is grown solely to make the world famous Vin Jaune. Exclusive to the Jura, it is harvested late and aged in barrel for over 6 years. In that time a "voile" or layer of yeast forms on top of the wine, which gives the wine its distinctive flavours including walnuts, hazelnuts and green almonds.  Jean is a master of his craft and his wines show the wondrous individuality of this classic region.     

The domain has an area of 10 hectares (24 acres) under cultivation, of which 5 hectares come under the appellation of Château-Chalon and 5 hectares under the appellation of Cotes du Jura. These vines often need a lot of care and attention. Mechanisation is difficult and so that means that the majority of the work has to be done by hand, and therefore requires a lot of people, but that is a small price to pay for the resulting wines.