A French White that Wows

Domaine Macle Côtes du Jura 2006
James Molesworth
Posted: October 22, 2010

Time to call all the Jura lovers again. When I penned a column on this French region back in 2005, it elicited some great response. Not sure what it did for sales of Jura wines though—they still remain a very off-the-beaten track category.

Recently, a friend left a bottle of Domaine Macle Côtes du Jura 2006 ($30) behind for me, and I was pretty wowed by it. From the deep gold color and inviting aromas, it was a unique experience, with gorgeous almond, paraffin, beeswax and heather notes laced with chamomile and star anise. It alternated between creamy and racy, as the core of fruit felt almost off-dry but the finish was tangy, with a mouthwatering whiff of walnut chiming in at the very end. I paired it with sautéed shrimp, using a splash of the wine itself to finish off the preparation. 92 points, non-blind.

The domaine, located in Château-Chalon, was founded in 1850 and today consists of 12 hectares of vines in both the Côtes du Jura and Château-Chalon appellations. Laurent Macle is the current generation in charge at the domaine, which produces only white wine, from both the Savagnin and Chardonnay grapes. This wine is predominantly Chardonnay with a little Savagnin blended in.

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