The green, rolling landscape of the Jura is a sight to behold, and the perfect picture of how a mountainous region nestled in between Burgundy and Switzerland should appear in the mind?s eye. In this cooler climate, vineyards are planted on slopes at varying altitudes and gradients. Jean-Fran?ois Ganevat comes from a long line of winegrowers, dating as far back as 1650. After working both for his father and for the prestigious Domaine Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Fran?ois returned to the Jura in 1998 to take over the family domaine. With only eight-and-a-half hectares under vine, the family had seventeen different local varietals planted of both red and white grapes?an incredible amount of variation to consider for holdings of such small size. For such a fervent perfectionist and insatiable lover of details as Jean-Fran?ois, the decision to have the domaine certified as biodynamic was a natural choice.Jean-Fran?ois creates a stunning number of cuv?es, ranging between thirty-five and forty every year! His methodology goes far beyond the details of the average vigneron. For some, his process would be maddening, as each cuv?e calls for a highly individualized ?l?vage. All of his wines are de-stemmed by hand, each cluster carefully trimmed with scissors. Jean-Fran?ois is committed to minute doses of sulfur, so low in fact, that many fear it hurting the wines during transport. He curbs this issue entirely by aging many of his whites on the lees for extended periods of time, anywhere from two to eleven years! In all of his years making wine, he has never had a problem. In the Jura, many of the wines go through a traditional, intentional oxidation; however Jean-Fran?ois aims to lend a greater lightness and elegance to wines of this style than are typical. He gravitates toward the Burgundian style, using ouillage to top off barrels
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