Eric Thill AOP Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Préfleur 2014
'Eric and Bérengère Thill make wines from their small holdings in the south of the Jura some 45 kilometres south of Arbois. Here they grow the traditional Jura grape varieties including 3.25 hectares of chardonnay, 1 hectare of Savagnin, .35 hectares of Pinot Noir and .7 hectares of Poulsard. They were certified organic by Ecocert in 2015.
Eric was originally from Alsace and prefers to work with single grape varieties. They live in the village of Trenal which is very close to the commune of Gevingey where their vines are planted close to the forests which provide diversity.
This wine is a slightly oxidative wine that has incredible complexity and richness while also displaying the minerality and salinity of the Les Grandes Vignes vineyard.
It was topped up during the first two years in old barrels but then left to form a veil from the yeasts in the wine. It is quite nutty as can be expected for a wine that has matured under a veil.
The grapes are picked from vines that are around 50 years old and are facing south. The wine does undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrels.'
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