Jean-François Ganevat Le P’tiot Roukin 2017

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La Combe, Côtes du Jura, France
Gamay, Pinot Noir, Poulsard & Trousseau
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, sometimes from outside of the Jura altogether, meaning they are bottled under the more general VDF denomination. This is where things gets experimental...

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.

The blend for Le P’tiot Roukin varies slightly each year, but is always sourced from other biodynamic growers in the region. The varietals go through a semi-carbonic maceration together over 20 days in wooden 'tronconiques' - a conical barrel with a wider base than top that allows a slow, measured fermentation. The wine is pale and glossy, with lots of savoury forest fruits as well as the surprising depth and persistence that can come from the Jurassic varietals Poulsard & Trousseau.