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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. With a humble 10 hectares of 30 year old vines, this estate may well be small but it is steeped in history and heritage.

Half of Jean's land is in the Château Chalon appellation which is home to the Savagnin grape, renowned for making the revered Vin Jaune. Exclusive to the Jura, this wine is harvested late and then 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 flavour of walnuts, hazelnuts and green almonds. A unique wine that has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years, but has always been appreciated by the knowledgeable few.