||Manual grape harvest involving selective sorting.
||In 228 litre oak barrels (marginally smaller than a standard 60 US gallon barrel) under a veil of yeast for six and a half years, without topping-up or racking, to obtain its powerful flavour of walnuts and spices. A strict selection process means that only one barrel out of three will be bottled as vin jaune, in special 620ml bottles; (the volume which is left from a litre of wine at the end of the ageing process).
||Aperitif accompanied by Comté, gougères (cheesy choux pastries) and walnuts. Alternatively it can be enjoyed during a meal alongside white meat, snails, calf sweetbreads, crayfish, lobsters, spiny lobsters, curries, or dishes spiced with saffron. From the cheeseboard, a slice of Comté or Mont d’Or.
||Price Domaine Pignier Cotes du Jura Vin Jaune 2011 € 66.29