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Maison Maenad

Maison Maenad De L'Avant Cotes du Jura White 2020


no added sulfur

Country: France

Region: Jura

Type: White Wine

Grape: Chardonnay

In just a handful of vintages Katie Worobeck has already proven herself as one of the Jura’s brightest young talents and one to watch in this most exciting of regions. Originally from Canada, Katie developed an interest in wine and organic farming while studying and after several years working amongst the vines in her native Ontario, she moved to France and landed a dream job working alongside the legendary Anne and Jean-François Ganevat in the Jura’s South.

After five years working alongside the Ganevats, Katie began looking after a parcel of old vines planted over clay and limestone in the Sud Revermont’s famed lieu-dit ‘Les Varrons’. Here she grows Chardonnay, along with a few rows of Gamay and old hybrids. She now tends a further three hectares of old vines planted over limestone and marl. Farming is organic and biodynamic, and the wines are made in an old cave underneath her home. Pressing is done manually, élevage takes place in old barrels of various sizes and any movement is done by gravity. The wines are bottled unfiltered, with no additions.

This is Katie's first vintage of this Chardonnay from the famous "Les Varrons" vineyard in southern Jura, planted in the 1980's. The grapes were pressed directly in an old vertical press and moved by gravity into old demi muids for a year of élevage, which gives the wine its balance. An elegant, fragrant Chardonnay with mineral and citrus notes, bright acidity, a long finish and a promising future.