DOMAINE JEAN-FRANCOIS GANEVAT, Rotalier new!
Certified Organic & Biodynamic, Natural
*** Limited to 1 bottle per customer only***
‘Jean-François Ganevat is a master of his craft, one of the true magicians of the eclectic. To say that his grapes are spun into gold would not be far from the truth; they are entirely otherworldly.’ Kermit Lynch
Nestled in between Burgundy and Switzerland, the cool climate mountain of Jura is home to forty different grape varietals grown in vineyards planted on slopes at varying altitudes and gradients. Winemaking styles vary enormously, and many of the wines in the Jura go through a traditional, intentional oxidation.
Like many of the world’s best vignerons, Jean-Francois Ganevat has re- discovered techniques and grape varieties from the past to make cutting edge wines. After training in Beaune and spending 9 years as the Maitre de Chai at Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne-Montrachet, he returned to make wines at his family domain in 1998, the 14th generation of his family to do so since 1650. His objective was to make wines with the same philosophy as the best wines of Burgundy, aiming to lend greater lightness and elegance to his wines, using ouillage to top off barrels.
With 8.5 hectares under vine, the family had seventeen different local varietals planted of both red and white grapes—an incredible amount of variation to consider for holdings of such small size. He was fortunate that his father had preserved the ancient, yet outlawed, Jura varieties including Petit Béclan, Gros Béclan, Gueuche (white and red), Seyve-Villard, Corbeau, Portugais Bleu, Enfariné, Argant, Poulsard Blanc. Ganevat finds these varieties interesting because they are easily drinkable with a low alcohol content. They are all inter-planted, like in other ancient vineyard sites across France.For such a fervent perfectionist and insatiable lover of details as Jean-François, the decision to have the domaine certified as biodynamic was a natural choice.
Jean-François creates a stunning number of cuvées, ranging between thirty-five and forty every year! His methodology goes far beyond the details of the average vigneron. For some, his process would be maddening, as each cuvée calls for a highly individualized élévage. All of his wines are de-stemmed by hand, each cluster carefully trimmed with scissors. Jean-François is committed to minute doses of sulfur, he curbs this issue entirely by aging many of his whites on the lees for extended periods of time, anywhere from two to eleven years!
This is our first allocation from Jean-Francois Ganevat, and we are particularly happy and excited to be bringing such incredibly sought-after wines to Ireland. Quantities are very small and can only be managed via allocation.
50% Savagnin, 50% Chardonnay. From vines planted in 1973 and 1977 on blue marl and white marl. Vinified “sous voile” for 4 years in the traditional Jura manner. A true Vin Jaune needs to be “sous voile” for 6 years and 3 months, so here Ganevat goes his own way making a solid expression of this style.
Softer in style than most ‘Vin Jaune’, this wine would be wonderful with chicken dishes cooked with cream and spices.