Domaine Labet Chardonnay Les Varrons 2018


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The nose is very 'Jura', free yet polished and clean with typical Chardonnay varietal characteristics. Pure fruit - green apple, fruit stone, yellow apple and lemon with a racy streak of minerals and hints of oak ageing, albeit not new oak. Lively and vibrant with serious depth. 

Labet LesVarrons is made from an ancient selection massale of vines (including some melon à queue rouge) planted in 1932 and 1940 in decalcified, ochre-coloured clay over Bajocien limestone on a mid-slope facing east. The wine was given an extended élevage of 21 months in old demi-muids. 

DOMAINE LABET, Rotalier                Organic

Domaine Labet is located in the village of Rotalier, South Revermont, at the Southern tip of the Jura wine region. This family of winegrowers, Alain, Charline, Josie, Romain et Julien cultivate organically 13-ha, split between 45 parcels, producing each year, 13 different cuvées. 

Most vines are between 50 to 100 year-old, and have been planted at a time when clones didn’t exist, through selection massale. when each winegrowers and each village had their own selection of plants. Each vine came from cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same (or nearby) property. This method had long-term benefits of increasing individuality and uniqueness in wine. Each vine brings its own particularity, giving the wine more personality and complexity. SO2 is used in homeopathic doses, some cuvees see none at all, at any stage. 

“This family forces me to mix metaphors and pile on accolades. If one can say that salt was once the Jura’s white gold, these wonderful people and their wines are the salt of the earth in the Jura and pure gold too.” Wink Lorch