Domaine Bourdy Côtes du Jura Blanc Chardonnay 2019
Jean Francois and Jean Phillipe Bourdy are 15th generation wine makers at the 500 years old Caves Jean Bourdy in the small village Arlay. The cellar they work in and the house they live in has not changed much in that time and Jean Francois insists that their winemaking has not changed either. They cultivate 10 hectares of vines including a small plot in Chateau Chalon. These are not young, fresh and fruity wines, they want to make wines that will stand the test of time. Jean Francois believes the continental climate they work in produces wines that need many years before they can be drunk. Typically wines are held back 4-5 years in barrel before they are released. Amazing complexity and intensity here - the initial wave of sherried, yeasty notes gives way to a rich layer of Indian spices and umami characteristics that are immediately obvious again on the palate, finishing on more herbal tones almost reminiscent of incense. The taste then lingers for what seems an age, an absolute pleasure!