Wine: Jura, $15 - 30
A forward and relatively supple vintage for Puffeney’s Chardonnay. Fresh and easygoing, but still with classic trad-Jura twang and that signature Puffeney “analog” texture (highlighting overall feel and presence over absolute clarity). As always, a great gateway drug. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added
Dom de Montbourgeau are based in the small AOC village of L’Etoile where a 360 degree turn at the property’s high elevation vineyards reveals the five surrounding mountains from where this AOC gets its name. The Cremant is vibrant with a nice, light texture and brisk acidity. An extremely enjoyable wine which goes with a wide variety of foods, and stands well on it's own too. Grab it while it's here because the demand is far greater than the supply, and we don't expect to be able to get more until next October!
A classic. Captures the scrappy, beam-of-fruit exuberance of the variety in ruggedly delicious form. Puffeney added no sulfur at all to his 2010 reds. His (typically non-dogmatic) reply to the question “Why not?”: “They didn’t need it.” Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added
Puff Daddy! Jacques Puffeney is known as the Pope of Jura. He makes textbook Jura wines with traditional grape varieties. Poulsard is a little known indigenous grape variety in the Jura region. Bright red mountain fruit, slate and earthiness, amazing wine from "la pape" Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added