Fleur de Savagnin
Côtes du Jura White 2018
"Labet family definitely does not produce enough bottles..."
- Saline, mineral, ample
- 75% Yellow Savagnin & 25% Green Savagnin
- 22 months in barrels of several passages and concrete eggs
The Fleur de Savagnin “en Chalasse” from Domaine Labet is, like all the wines of the domain, a great success! The journey begins with a nice saline and mineral attack (lemon, gunflint, citrus peel). Then comes a fullness in the mouth, a bit of fat, with floral, oxidative (walnut) and yellow fruit notes. And finally, the wine loses its volume to finish on a saline finish that remains for a long time… Which makes you salivate…!
Voluminous, fine, delicate and complex at the same time (different mouthfeelings depending on the wine’s journey and evolving aromas), everyone should experience this wine. But the Labet family definitely does not produce enough bottles…
A guy who tells you that natural wines are vinegar,
while listening to Montagne by Biga Ranx
Domaine Labet : Rebellious Jura Wines
The history of the Labet estate began in 1974 with Alain and Josie Labet on a 9 hectare plot in Rotalier in the southern part of the Côtes du Jura appellation. At that time, with the famous Pierre Overnoy, they were practically the only ones to make “ouillé” wine in a region where “vin de voile” is a tradition. The “non-ouillage” of a wine consists in not filling the barrels, letting “La part des Anges” evaporate. The wine will develop a layer of yeast to protect itself from air contact, giving it its unique character and aromas. If, today, we can regularly drink “ouillé” Jura wines (and it’s fucking good!), it is thanks to these rebellious winemakers for the time. Cheers guys!
Julien Labet : the desire to make Natural Wine
Julien Labet, their son, follows in his parents’ footsteps and trains in Burgundy. There he learned about plot-based vintages, vinification and barrel ageing, which he now masters perfectly. In 2003, he took over 3 hectares of land from Alain and converted it to organic farming. The Labets were already practicing a reasoned agriculture and respectful of the environment, but the son will push the approach even further.
In 2013, after the father’s retirement, Julien Labet, along with his sister Charline and brother Romain, took over the entire estate and continued the conversion to organic farming. One year later, he abandons sulfites during vinification.
Labet : The Best of the Jura
Located at the southern tip of the Jura vineyards, Domaine Labet today covers 14 hectares made up of 45 parcels including 13 “lieux dits” in 4 different communes. The wines vinified in monocépages, coming from a single parcel, best express the personality of a grape variety, a place, a soil and a terroir. Minerality, finesse, elegance, surgical precision, let’s be honest, whether the domain vinifies Savagnin, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Poulsard… it is clearly the best in the Jura! For the price/emotion ratio, if you come across a bottle of their wine, throw yourself on it! Unfortunately, they are rare…
Note: For a few years, the domain has been making wine “élevé sou voile”, you must taste their yellow wine!
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