Cremant du Jura
Pinot Noir - Chardonnay
For this Mother’s Day, we searched high and low for today’s bubbly and we must say that we scored a brilliant, delicious French sparkling wine, worthy of Mom. We absolutely love this wine.
Nestled among the foothills of the Alps, at the eastern edge of France, along the Swiss border, Domaine Berthet–Bondet is making their unique Cremant du Jura from Chardonnay and local grape Savagnin (a relative of the Austrian Tremeiner).
This wine possesses more subtlety than American sparkling wines; carbonation is less aggressive, giving the wine more flavor and complexity. On the palate, the wine is velvet-smooth and really quite delicious.
If you love great sparkling wines, today’s wine will thrill and delight you. More importantly, it will thrill and delight your own Agent Mommy.
Beautiful light yellow with copper hints, this wine presents a continuous and energetic upward cascade of some of the most delicate bubbles we have ever seen in a sparkling wine.
Light but very sweet and perfumed, with aromas of white acacia flower, orange blossom, bread yeast, green apple and white peach.
Very soft in the mouth with a very creamy mousse, this wine leads with golden delicious apple, subtle lemon, white plum flower, earthy dried fig and a hint of yeasty bread dough.
Long and very flavorful, as fruits fade, the wine takes on a softly savory glow with hints of nuttiness and the most subtle flavor of dried lemon thyme.
This beautiful wine would pair with almost everything, but we are especially excited to try it with a crab salad or steamed mussels in a lemongrass, fennel and garlic broth.
What the Winery Says
Made with a mix of Chardonnay and Savagnin grapes, the Cremant du Jura has fine bubbles and reveals aromas of citrus and white fruits. It can keep for up to 5 years and should be served chilled (approx 6ºC) as an aperitif or with dessert.
About the Winery
About our winery :The wines of the Jura region are not necessarily what the majority of tourists come to the area to discover, but they come as a very pleasant surprise to those who make the effort to get to know them.
The wine growing area of the Jura represents only 1% of the production of fine wines in France. It is though, the jewel of Jurassian agriculture, and the range of red and white AOC wines, including the main specialities of the region the Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille (straw wine) are real gems.
These wines have been produced in the mysterious setting of the Revermont for millennia.
- About Cremant du Jura
- Dry, semi-sweet or sweet, white or rosé, the Jura has more than two centuries of experience of making sparkling wines by the double fermentation method (once in the vat and then secondary fermentation in the bottle) like it’s big brother in Champagne. The wine areas of L’Etoile and Le Vernois have built their reputation on producing this wine. The Cremant du Jura is in essence a celebration wine, or can be served either as an aperitif or with dessert. It should be drunk well chilled and served in flutes.
- About the Cotes du Jura Appellation
- From Saint-Amour in the south up to Port Lesney in the north, the appellation “Cotes du Jura” is the best known of the Jura appellations. At nearly 80 kilometres long, it comprises 800 hectares of vines, surrounding some sixty wine villages. This lively and sunny area cradles some charming vineyards! The Cotes du Jura is a fascinating area, which has been witness to a rich history of winegrowing (Arlay, Baume-les-Messieurs, Le Pin, Poligny, Toulouse-le-Chateau, etc..). Here, the full range of wines is produced, reds, whites, yellow (Vin Jaune), straw (Vin de Paille), as well as the sparkling Cremant du Jura, and the fortified Macvin du Jura. If certain sectors (Arlay, Passenans, Marnoz) are more favourable to producing red wines, the greater part of the area is covered with the white grape varieties, Chardonnay and Savagnin, which are most at home here. Certain crus, such as Arlay, Gevingey, Lavigny, Mantry, Passenans, Poligny, Rotalier or Le Vernois… are renowned.
- About our Terroir
- The department (county) of Jura is found in the region of Franche Comte in the east of France. Bordering it are, to the east, Switzerland; to the north, the departments of Doubs and Cote d’Or; to the west, the department of Saone et Loire, and to the south the department of Ain.
The wine growing area follows a north/south route, which is slightly curved, and runs for around a hundred kilometres (just over 62 miles) from Salins-les-Bains to St Amour. This narrow band of land is known as the Revermont or “Bon Pays” (good country) and is bounded to the east by the first plateau of the Jura mountains and to the west by the Bresse plain. The route of the main N83 is the best guide.
The wine growing area covered by the Appellation Controlee is 1800 hectares (4,300 acres). The Revermont is a very fertile area and is well supplied with water by the many rivers that cross it.
The vines are grown on the rolling hills that run up the sides of the limestone plateau.
They have a west and south westerly aspect and the slope varies between 10% and 40%.
The altitude ranges from 250 to 450 metres (800 to 1300 feet) above sea level.
The geology consists largely of blue, grey and red marl with some of the underlying limestone of the plateau exposed in places.
The climate is semi-continental with harsh winters, but with warm, early spring weather, followed by hot summers and warm autumns. The grape harvest rarely starts before the 1st October.
The Jura wine area is one of the oldest in France. Archaeologists have established the presence of vines in the area going back around 5000 years. In the 6th century AD the Phoenicians, when coming up from Marseille following the Saone river, found and took home with them the wines of Sequanie - the former name of Franche Comte. The first person to speak of Jura wines was the Roman Consul Pliny the Younger (62 to 144 AD). It was under the influence of the Romans, famous for their remarkable ability to work the soil, that the undeniable development of this wine region occurred. Arbois, Chateau-Chalon, L’Etoile, three pearls of jurassian viticulture, have been cited for their quality since the first millennium.
It was Phillip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, who introduced these wines to the French Court in the 15th century. They became the favourites of Henri IV and Francois I. This passion extended to introducing jurassian vine stock to the Chateau of Fontainebleau. The poets Rabelais, Rousseau and more recently Vian and Brel drank the wines and sang about the Jura. The Jura region also holds several other important people close to it’s heart, like Alexis Millardet (inventor of Bordeaux Mixture) and the illustrious Louis Pasteur (father of Oenology).
The Jura wine area reached it’s peak at the end of the 19th century with 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). The effects of phylloxera, wars and many other difficult situations combined to reduce this area considerably, but to give up would not be in the nature of either the wine makers or the vines. It is due to the great courage of the winemakers that Jura wine has rediscovered its well deserved place.