France: Jura

Around Lons-le-Saunier

Château-Chalon, l'Etoile and the southern Côtes du Jura
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Main grape varieties

Red

Pinot Noir
Warmer summers in recent years and improved winemaking techniques have produced better results from this grape in many parts of the region, which historically has done best in this southern part of the Jura.

Trousseau
Originating from the Jura but genetically the same as the Bastardo of Portugal. Trousseau is growing in popularity in the Jura, but still has only 100ha grown in the whole region. Its area of predilection is in Arbois to the north, but there are increasing amounts being planted also in this southern part of the Jura.

Poulsard
This very pale red grape is the most planted red grape in the Jura, producing light reds and rosés. It is also a key ingredient for many Vins de Paille.


White

Savagnin
Known locally sometimes as Naturé and now know to be the same as Traminer, Savagnin is a late ripener, and produces high acid wines, ideal to withstand years of ageing. It is the only permitted variety for Vin Jaune and Château-Chalon.

Chardonnay
The most widely planted grape in the region, used for a wide range of styles. Increasing amounts go into making the sparkling Crémant du Jura, which has raised the quality level of the still Chardonnays produced.


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