As Crisp As Alpine Air

Wines from the Jura are quite the trend-setters right now. But you don’t have to be a wine geek to enjoy this rare treat from the Savoie region in the Alps of eastern France near Lake Geneva. This delicate yet vibrant white wine is elegance in a glass.

Made from the native Jacquère grape, this dry wine is clean and crisp, with low alcohol, bright acidity, and a savoury mineral character. All the things I love in a wine.

Jura Wine Map | Image via All France Info
Jura Wine Map | Image via All France Info

DOMAINE DE LA ROSIÈRE 2014 VIN DE SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC OAC 

      • GRAPE: 100% Jacquère
      • REGION: Jura/Savoie
      • ALCOHOL: 11.5%
      • AGEING: Grapes are hand-harvested. Long fermentation in stainless steel
      • CLOSURE: Cork
      • STYLE: Dry
      • PAIRING: Soft cheese
The Coat of Arms of Savoie | Image via Wine Searcher
The Coat of Arms of Savoie | Image via Wine Searcher

Made from the local Jacquère grape, this tasty white opens with delicate scents of apple blossoms, wet stone and hints of pine honey. Brilliantly lively on the palate, it’s like sipping from a pure mountain stream. Expect a mouthful of meadow flowers, lemon zest and assertive orchard apples. We recommend taking a bottle on a hike (it’s worth its weight) and finding a cool lake to chill it down in when you are ready for a rest. Enjoy with a simple but satisfying picnic of cheeses and a seasonal tomato salad. At a modest 11.5%, this Jongieux Blanc is ideal for summer sipping.  

~ Michaela Morris, House Wine

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From vineyards near Lake Geneva in the heart of the French Alps, the Savoie village of Jongieux is home to sheltered, sunny, clay-limestone slopes. Jacquère is the engaging white grape responsible for this secret beauty. Woodsy scents of wildflowers, fern and earthy mushrooms join apple and pear flavours that finish dry on a leesy, saline mineral note. Savoury and understated, there’s a compelling complexity and rainwater freshness that keeps your attention. Pair with classic cheese fondue, nettle soup or take-away sushi. Gets an extra point for just being here…  

~ 89 PTS. DJ Kearney. Wine Align

Good Reads:

  • Jura Wines: They’re Not All A Wild Ride, The Wall Street Journal (Here)
  • Don’t Buy Pinot Grigio–And Six Other Steps To Becoming A Wine Buff (Here)
  • How To Impress A Wine Nerd (Here)

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Available in BC (Here); Review from House Wine (Here); Review from Wine Align (Here); Recommended in 20 Under $20 In BC: April 2016 (Here)

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