Jura’s Largest Appellation

The AOC Côtes du Jura and its 6 square kilometers of vineyards in 105 communes are the largest of the Jura appellations in Eastern France. It is located between Switzerland and Burgundy, with a cool climate. So, this wine region produces wines with some similarity to Swiss and Burgundy wines.

The vineyards being scattered throughout the vineyard area, from north to south. It includes all the specific names of Jura: Arbois, Arbois-Pupillin, Chateau-Chalon, and L’Étoile geographically. The terroirs that can claim this name are consequently very diverse. The soils consist of limestone, gravel, blue marl, and clay, in varying amounts depending on the area (more calcareous towards the south). The typical climate of the region, semi-continental little sunny and cold winters supported by the black wind that brings the snow are more nuanced on the south of the appellation hillsides, which are less marked by the rains.

Distinguish the Wines by Hue

With its nuances of soil and climate, the northern hillsides are thus more representative of Jura wines and their personality in tricky conditions. The five grapes found in the Jura are used in the development of Côtes-du-Jura (Savagnin, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Poulsard, Pinot noir). The approximate production of 2,335,000 liters per year is dominated by whites (80%). White wines are made from the Chardonnay (or Melon d’Arbois for locals), or an assembly with Savagnin; they are round dry wines, generous, intense and fruity (fresh walnuts, apricot, yellow peach, pear), sometimes very typical thanks to the contribution of Savagnin.

Wine Making Fashion As Sherry

The reds, rosés, sparkling wines (AOC Côtes-du-Jura sparkling wine), yellow wines, and straw wines are also part of the production but in smaller quantities. The Côtes-du-Jura red, from Poulsard, Pinot Noir, and Trousseau, are wines of a little guard (3 to 5 years), scented (blackberry, blackcurrant) and fruity nose. Poulsard offers a surprising aromatic rosé (cherries, raspberries), slightly spicy. The yellow wines typical of the Jura unwind their aromas of nuts very dominant and are distinguished by an almost unlimited potential of the guard (more than 100 years). Lastly, straw wines distinguish being made with grapes that have dried at least six weeks after harvest (suspended or on straw beds). The wine must age at least three years, including 18 months, before it can be marketed.

 


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A part of the important features of Côte du Jura appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Limestone, gravel, blue marl, and clay.
  • Taste: Strong.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Fresh walnuts, apricot, yellow peach, pear.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of the important features of Côte du Jura appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Limestone, gravel, blue marl, and clay.
  • Taste: Soft.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Fruity, scented (blackberry, blackcurrant), and fruity nose.
  • Aging potential: 3 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of the important features of Côte du Jura appellation for rose wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Limestone, gravel, blue marl, and clay.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Cherries, raspberries, slightly spicy.
  • Aging potential: 3 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

 

A part of the important features of Côte du Jura appellation for yellow (sparkling) wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Limestone, gravel, blue marl, and clay.
  • Taste: Strong.
  • Wine color: yellow (sparkling).
  • Aromas: Fresh walnuts, apricot, yellow peach, pear.
  • Aging potential: 3 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 6 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Côte du Jura
Grapes: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Pinot Noir and Trousseau.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine

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