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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Côtes du Jura AOC|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Winemakers Pauline and Géraud Fromont met at viticulture school when they were in their early 20s. Both natives of Jura, and both from agricultural (although not winemaking) backgrounds, they were familiar with the viticultural traditions and opportunities the region offered and in 2006 purchased a vineyard in Cesancey, in the southern part of Jura. Domaine des Marnes Blanches takes its name from the white marl soils found in that first vineyard, and today the domaine has grown to encompass 10 hectares across three villages (Cesancey, Vincelles, and Sainte Agnès), including some very old vine parcels. The Sud Revermont region of the Jura has garnered a reputation as a center of terroir-driven, natural winemaking, starting with the legendary Jean-François Ganevat, and the Fromonts have embraced this philosophy, farming organically since the beginning, and are now certified organic by Ecocert. Hailed as rising stars of the region, they follow the Burgundian practice of vinifying all their parcels separately, a technique that’s still fairly rare in the Jura, but one that offers new insights into the region’s potential. A custom-designed tractor helps till the soil to control weeds in between individual vines, while all the rest of the vineyard work is done by hand. Fermentation occurs spontaneously and sulfur use is kept to a minimum.
The ‘Aux Bois’ is composed of savagnin grown on fossilized limestone soils in the village of Vincelles. It sees direct press before fermentation, and is then aged for 22 months in 225 liter old oak barrels before bottling with no sulfur added. Lavish aromas of orchard fruits including fresh peach and heirloom apple mingle with spicy, smoky notes of floral incense. The medium-bodied palate offers generous flavors of late-harvest apple, preserved lemon, and spice all backed by a core of zesty acidity. The finish is long and saline with hints of candied ginger and creamsicle, all while retaining a savory, mineral-driven texture. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.