“Virtually extinct Jura vine” is how Jancis, Julia and José describe the Petit Béclan in their book of reference Wine Grapes. Planted with some Gamay and Poulsard on a southern exposed clayey slope in the village of Gizia, its small bunches and thick skin bring rusticity to this atypical Jura blend. Totally destemmed and cofermented, aged in 300ltr barriques, it has a dense and grippy structure with ripe black fruit and moreish acids. A bit more meat on the bones than your typical Jura red - fascinating stuff.
Christian and his friend Mathieu Allante have been gathering small parcels over the years, patiently waiting for opportunities, leasing, buying, clearing land and recovering abandoned vineyards. They are two men for two cellars: one in Rotalier where Christian lives and one at Mathieu’s in Gizia 15km south, a set up somehow practical since their vines are in between these two villages. Their day job is still their main source of income and they make a point of being financially independent, without pressure from banks or anyone else for that matter. They want to be able to take risks and avoid compromising to fully express their sensitivity and creativity making sulphur-free wines from sustainable farming.
There is a connection to Domaine Labet here too, Christian Boulanger has been working his aforementioned day job there for 15 years and is part of the family, a third sibling for Charline, Romain and Julien. Those that appreciate their often-spectacular wines will certainly understand how skills can be passed on and reliably manifest themselves in the work of others. A seal of approval for the wines of Allante & Boulanger, that’s for sure.