Only 1 bottle per customer
DOMAINE JEAN-FRANCOIS GANEVAT, Rotalier
Certified Organic & Biodynamic, Natural
‘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 ouillageto top off barrels.
With 12 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 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!
Quantities are very small and can only be managed via allocation.
‘Jean-Francois Ganevat, Meilleur vigneron de l’année 2018 (2018 Winegrower of the Year)’Revue des Vins de France
Anne et Jean Francois Ganevat
After consecutive vintages of losing large portions of his harvest, Jean-François was forced to innovate to make more wine. In partnership with his sister Anne, he went to friends in the Jura, Alsace, Beaujolais, and Savoie to source more fruit. Each Vin de France cuvée is a blend of estate fruit from the Jura and purchased (or estate) fruit from another region, thus allowing Jean-François to apply his savoir-faire in winemaking with indigenous grape varieties from the Jura to create a new and unique line of wines. All of the vineyards contributing to this project are farmed organically.
Côtes du Jura blanc ‘Les Cèdres’: 100% Chardonnay, hailing from an 80-year-old vineyard of limestone and marl. Jean-Francois ages the wine for 30 months on fine lees in oak barrels.