Pauline & Geraud, both native Jurassi, began Domaine des Marnes Blanches in 2006. Organic from the outset, these 10 hectares boast vines of up to 100 years old, growing on the white marl soil for which the Domaine is named. Parcels of white grapes are vinified separately, a practice more common in Burgundy than the Jura, and red wine production is tiny, just one tonneau of each variety. All vineyard work is done by hand, and fermentation is spontaneous with minimal use of sulphur. The Domaine has two cellars, one dedicated to ouillé (topped-up) wines and one to those made sous voile.
Savagnin is the more spiky, linear half of the classic Chardonnay-Savagnin duo. This wine falls into the aforementioned ouillé camp (topping up the wine stops development in the oxidative style) and has exceptional balance, its stewed citrus fruits followed by characteristic gentle bitters on the finish. Drinking well now, but these kind of wines only gain depth and complexity with time and we think this one will be good for another 5 years, maybe more!