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|Grapes||Melon à Queue Rouge (a regional Chardonnay mutation)|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Vegan|
Melon à queue rouge is the name in the Jura region for a variety of chardonnay recognizable by a pink tint on the grape skin around the stem. The Domaine Désiré Petit swims somewhat upstream in Pupillin by growing this and other white varieties in a village so strongly associated with the red grape ploussard. The white wines the domaine produces are not, however, afterthoughts by any means. This “melon” beautifully represents the unique character of chardonnay grown in Jura and benefits from the careful growing and winemaking practices of the Petit family. Anne-Laure and Damien, representing the third generation after founder Désiré Petit, have begun the conversion of the vineyards to organic production while continuing to harvest by hand. This 2018 release opens to subtle campfire aromas, followed by the gentle fruit flavor and creamy texture of peach custard, with a tart lemon candy finish. Sustainably grown, vegan.