DOMAINE LABET CUVEE DE GARDE 2019

£59.95

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Description

95% Chardonnay, 5% Savagnin. The Cuvée de Garde is an oxidative wine aged under flor made from Chardonnay and Savagnin whose average age varies between 30 and 60 years. The grape varieties are aged in old oak barrels, under flor in old barrels of 228 litres for 24 to 48 months. The presence of oxygen in the barrels allows the development of a veil of yeast (called flor) on the surface which offers the characteristic aromas of hazelnuts, walnuts and spices of Jura wines.

Located in Rotalier in the Sud-Revermont, in the late 1970s Alain Labet was probably the first vigneron in the Jura to make and bottle wines from individual terroirs separately. And in the 1990s when he started making topped-up whites, there were only one or two winemakers making wines this way elsewhere in the Jura (Pierre Overnoy in Arbois being foremost).

The tradition in Rotalier and the rest of the Sud-Revermont was to age wine under flor, but Alain found that oxidative ageing of chardonnay masked the subtle terroir nuances present after fermentation and decided to top-up his barrels regularly, thus preventing the formation of ‘voile’ (layer of yeast forming on the surface of a wine when left in contact with oxygen) which tends to dominate the aromatic profile. His wines became much more precise as a result and showed an ability to express the subtlest variations in exposition and soil composition, revealing in the process one of France’s finest terroirs.