The distinctive style of Cotes de Jura Chardonnay comes through in spades in this tiny, family-run, winery. A honeyed, preserved citrus, apple butter nose moves to slightly dried pears, lemon blossoms, Meyer lemons and ROCKS. Typical of very good Cotes de Jura, it has a 30 second finish of salty citrus, honey and rocky soil.
The lesser known French appellation Cotes de Jura (base of French Alps, heading toward Switzerland) is generally “reserved,” if you will, for the wine geek section of our industry. It deserves greater attention, but I do like its overall value because of the lack of recognition. Anyway, this is a top-notch Cotes de Jura Chardonnay that’s currently available in California and way-over-delivers for $30.