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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Food specialities

Poulet au Vin Jaune: chicken – if possible Bresse chicken, or a poularde (capon) cooked in a rich creamy sauce made with Vin Jaune and morel mushrooms. Drink with a traditional oxidative Savagnin if not Vin Jaune.

Truite au Vin Jaune: trout from the local streams cooked in a cream and Vin Jaune sauce.

Morteau/Mortadeau: quite strong-tasting pork sausages often cooked in white wine heated over vine-cuttings and served with boiled potatoes and sometimes Cancoillotte cheese. They bring out the best in a red/pink Poulsard.

Comté Cheese: a large hard cheese, similar to Gruyère, considered by many in France as an ordinary cooking cheese (like Cheddar in England). When a real Comté Fermier, with at least 12 months ageing, is tasted in the Jura the flavours bear no resemblance to ordinary cheese – it has a lovely texture and a nutty flavour. It is a perfect match with Vin Jaune in particular, but also works well with any Savagnin or other oxidative white.

Other Jura Cheeses: Morbier is a soft, relatively mild white cheese with a blue streak, originally from ash; Bleu de Gex is a mild blue from the Jura mountains near the Swiss border; Mont d'Or, a Vacherin also made across the border in Swiss Jura, and presented in its distinctive wooden box is delicious served hot from the oven - only available late August to March; Cancoillotte is a soft, creamy cheese, often served with boiled potatoes and pork. All these cheeses work well with Jura Chardonnay or Poulsard.

Further reading

Jura Wine - The Book

Yes, this is the book that I wrote and was released in March 2014. If this guide has inspired you then in this book, you will find much more. In 352 pages, richly illustrated with over 240 colour photographs, plus over 15 maps and diagrams, it is - if I say so myself - the ultimate guide to the Jura wine region. You can also read more about the book on this page on my blog, which includes some of the wonderful comments I have received since the release of the book.

Jancis Robinsons Oxford Wine Companion 3rd edition

The A-Z of all you need to know about wine and the vineyards of the world. All Jura entries were written and/or updated by Wink Lorch.

Jura Wine Food and Travel

Website and blog launched in 2012 by Wink Lorch as a new resource on Jura wines for the English-speaking world.

Jura Wines by Wink Lorch

Tom Stevenson's Wine Report

Annual Guide published from 2004-2009 that gave the inside track on all the wine regions of the world. The chapter on the wines of Jura and Savoie was written by Wink Lorch. PDFs of her chapter may be downloaded for free.

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