DOMAINE LABET LA BARDETTE CHARDONNAY 2018

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Before you hit limestone, where you find lots of fossils and seashells, there’s only 40 to 60cm of clay here. This together with old vines planted in 1947 gives a chiselled, beautifully balanced wine despite the notable power of 2018. Long ageing on fine lees helped taming the beast. It has many of the qualities you would expect in a top Puligny, deep layered texture with menthol hints that make you salivate. This is one of the Labet family’s finest terroirs.

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.