Domaine de la Renardière Côtes du Jura Vin Jaune
A unique find
A very rare find, the Domaine de la Renardiere Cotes du Jura Vin Jaune is lovely and complex, with a distinctive flavor. It’s a very special wine from the Jura region of France, and it’s one with a vibrant and rich profile.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
Made with 100% Savignon grapes, a unique grape in itself, as it is not widely grown anywhere else in France but the Jura. One of the rarest French wines, this dessert wine comprises only less than 5% of production of the Jura region.
It reflects a beautiful golden color, similar to a sweet dessert wine. But its profile is far from that. It gives aromas of fresh nuts, dried fruit, with delicate floral notes. It’s a very bold and dry wine, elegant and powerful, with a balanced structure on the palate, and flavor notes of nut, green apple, and spice.
PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS
Wine and cheese go together—this is fact. And it reinforces itself strongly with vin jaune. It is the consummate wine for cheese. To truly get a feel of this perfect combination, try it with Mont D’Or, or Comte cheese.
It also shines exceptionally well with foie gras, shellfish, and poultry. For a unique (but still complementary) twist, a spicy curry dish also goes great with a vin jaune.
Jura winemakers suggest opening the bottle at least an hour before drinking. It is usually served at cellar temperature, which is 13-15C (55-60F).
A RARE FRENCH FIND
Vin Jaune, which literally means “yellow wine,” is one of the rarest French wines. It’s made with Savagnin grape, a unique grape that is mostly grown in the Jura region, making Vin Jaune a Jura specialty.
The wine has a very distinct taste, unlike any you’ve ever tasted. It gets its unique character from being matured in a barrel under a film of yeast, also known as “voile,” meaning “veil.” It is aged at standard of six years and three months, and made similarly to sherry, except vin jaune is not fortified.
It’s the pride of Jura, the smallest of the AOC regions. Vin jaune is made in the appellations of Arbois, Côtes du Jura, l’Etoile and Château-Chalon.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.