France: Jura

Around Arbois

Salins les Bains to Poligny
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Main appellations

Arbois

All styles of wine may be made in this the largest appellation in the Jura, in the northern part of the region, so here Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille are AC Arbois as well as the usual reds, whites and rosés. It's worth noting that Chardonnays were traditionally made here in what we now think of as the 'correct' or modern method of winemaking: topping up the barrels. Due to its stonier, warmer soils, it is certainly the best appellation for the red Trousseau grape, and for the red (often pink in colour) Poulsard grape especially in the sub-appellation of Arbois-Pupillin. The best Savagnins are, as everywhere in the Jura, used to make stunning Vins Jaunes, though other styles are made too.

Côtes du Jura

Designated AC vineyard areas outside the Arbois appellation are labelled Côtes du Jura, and this appellation is also used for all styles of Jura wines, as detailed above. In this micro-region, the area covers vineyards north of Les Arsures, towards Salins-les-Bains, and south of Pupillin towards Poligny.

Crémant du Jura

Covering the whole Jura region and one of the seven Crémant appellations in France, producing white and rosé sparkling wines using the Traditional Method from any of the Jura varieties. The white sparkling wines must be from at least 70% Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Poulsard, and most are 100% Chardonnay. The rosé is usually Pinot Noir and/or Poulsard.

Macvin du Jura

Covering the whole Jura region, this appellation is for white and occasionally red or rosé Vin de Liqueur, or fortified wine. It is made from a mixture of 2/3rd grape juice and 1/3rd marc, distilled from the producers own grapes. The blend is matured in wood for a minimum of one year.

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