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Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Fonteneille 2014
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The Chardonnay grape is like a lens through which the character of its place and producer are magnified. Because too many producers operate out of a laboratory with their gaze fixed firmly on their bank accounts, much characterless wine has sullied Chardonnay’s reputation. In the Jura, where unique wine has been made for centuries, Pierre Martin follows a traditional practice to make a delicious variant on Chardonnay. Beginning with fine juice, biodynamically produced from a single vineyard, he breaks the rule that demands that all barrels be filled all the time lest the wine oxidize. Pierre lets the angels take their share without topping up, aging the wine in barrel for eighteen months as it slowly, slightly evaporates. The result is akin to the famous vin jaune of the region, a concentrated golden glassful with brown tints and a nose of hazelnut, honey, and dried apples. Fresh and light in the mouth, weighing in at a moderate 12.5% alcohol, it has a fino-sherry overtone of hazelnuts and salinity and a sheen of sandstone minerality laid over the more familiar Chardonnay flavors of yellow apple, fresh pear, and green herbs. Both geeky and accessible, it's also indescribable. You'll just have to taste it.

Pairing: Pair its unique character with chicken gratin with Gruyère cheese, salmon with miso and chives, or endive salad with walnuts.

SIZE: 750ml
TYPE: White
VARIETY: CHARDONNAY
SPECIALTY: BIODYNAMIC
REGION: Jura, FRANCE
CASE PRICE: $300.00 $270.00

Price: $25.00

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