Jean-François Ganevat Champs Poids 2016

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La Combe, Côtes du Jura, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

Rare Ganevat negociant cuvée alert! These are the wines that Jean-François makes with his sister, Anne, using grapes bought from outside their own domaine, but still falling within the Côtes du Jura appellation.

Ganevat comes from a long line of winegrowers, dating as far back as 1650, although the family supplemented their grape growing with a dairy that produced milk destined for the local cheese, Comté, until 1976. After working both for his father and for the prestigious Domaine Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne- Montrachet, Jean-François returned to the Jura in 1998 to take over the family domaine. With only eight-and-a-half hectares under vine, the family had seventeen different local varietals planted of both red and white grapes—an incredible amount of variation to consider for holdings of such small size. For such a fervent perfectionist and insatiable lover of details as Jean-François, the decision to have the domaine certified as biodynamic was a natural choice.

Champs Poids comes from 32 year-old vines planted over limestone. The wine is spontaneously fermented with native yeasts and is aged on the lees for two years before bottling, a portion of the time is spent in small barrique. The wine is topped-up to preserve primary fruit flavours rather than being made in the oxidative style. These Chardonnays are always pure and whistle-clean, Burgundian in style and rich with stewed citrus and stone fruits, walnut, barrel notes of vanilla and a distinct mineral streak, here perhaps veering towards pineapple and honeysuckle.