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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One of several old cellars at Caves Jean Bourdy ©Brett Jones

Caves Jean Bourdy

Address: Rue Saint Vincent, 39140 Arlay
Tel: 03 84 85 03 70  Fax: 03 84 85 13 94
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:45:44N (46.76216)    Longitude: 5:31:34E (5.52621) 

A visit to these cellars in the pretty village of Arlay is like no other in the Jura, for you will visit a museum of wine in every sense. The grandfather of brothers Jean-François and Jean-Philippe Bourdy started systematically keeping back significant stocks of their main wine production from every decent vintage meaning that today, this is the place to find a treasure-trove of old Jura wines, with vintages back to the 19th century available for sale. For generations, they have made their wines in more-or-less the same way producing a white (pure Chardonnay), red (blend of the three Jura varieties) and oxidative Savagnin, Vin Jaune plus Château-Chalon from a small 0.5ha plot. They also make Vin de Paille and Macvin. Their policy is to release even the red and white only after several years in old barrels (generally demi-muids or foudres of 600 litres or more for the red and white). Walking through the cellars is like walking through history, and a tasting should not disappoint. The vineyards were converted to biodynamic methods in 2006, and a walk of 1.7km (taking about half an hour) takes you through the vineyards with explanations in French on the way.

Useful information: Open for cellar visits and tastings Monday-Saturday 08.30-12.00 and 13.45-18.00; Sundays by appointment.


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