Jean-François Ganevat Le Sa Vient d’Ou NV

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La Combe, Côtes du Jura, France
Savagnin, Viognier, Piquepoul Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette & Riesling
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.

Le Sa Vient d’Ou is an unconventional mixture of grape varietals, process and vintage that riffs on classic styles of the Jura - namely the sous-voile method whereby the wine oxidises in barrel before a veil of airborne yeast forms on the surface of the liquid to impart all manner of nutty, saline flavours. Some of the grapes are macerated on skins to give colour, aroma and tannin, making this a sort-of orange wine too. Given that there is also Riesling and Viognier in the mix from other parts of France, as well as homespun Savagnin, this really is a wine that defies geography, time and categorisation. A wine of process, and possibly one that will appeal to the more die-hard Ganevat aficionado - Le Sa Vient d’Ou is bold, complex and, as its name suggests, impossible to pin down.