Located in Rotalier in the Sud-Revermont, in the late 1970s Alain Labet was probably the first vigneron in the Jura to make and bottle wines from individual terroirs separately. And in the 1990s when he started making topped-up whites, there were only one or two winemakers making wines this way elsewhere in the Jura (Pierre Overnoy in Arbois being foremost).
The tradition in Rotalier and the rest of the Sud-Revermont was to age wine under flor, but Alain found that oxidative ageing of chardonnay masked the subtle terroir nuances present after fermentation and decided to top-up his barrels regularly, thus preventing the formation of ‘voile' (layer of yeast forming on the surface of a wine when left in contact with oxygen) which tends to dominate the aromatic profile. His wines became much more precise as a result and showed an ability to express the subtlest variations in exposition and soil composition, revealing in the process one of France's finest terroirs.
Located close to the limestone cliff that forms the eastern edge of the region, the soil in the Sud-Revermont is quite different from the north around Arbois, as it’s rich in Bajocian limestone eroded from the cliff, imparting the wines with a mineral bite and acidic backbone that sets them apart. Although hard to sell at first, especially locally, these wines quickly gained international recognition and inspired a host of young vignerons to start working in the area, slowly turning it into one of the most dynamic parts of the Jura and a hotbed for new talents.
While viticulture has always been very respectful in the family – Alain never used fertilisers or insecticides and would only resort to herbicides in the wettest years – the Labets are now fully certified organic and also use biodynamic preparations.
Owing to the size of the domaine, the often difficult conditions and the resulting quantities of wine produced, our annual allocations are always slim. We are very lucky to be able to offer you the following: