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