2017 Francois Rousset Martin Les Gravieres Chardonnay

2017 Francois Rousset Martin Les Gravieres Chardonnay

2 in stock

$113.50

2 in stock 1.33 kg .

Description

From old vines (50 years old); lovely vibrant nose of pear and green apple with a puff of chalk and minerals. Concentrated in the mouth, this is regal with long length and the finesse and quality of terroir is evident on the long finish. Super and will keep and keep.
2017 delivered extremely low yields and high ripeness, and the vineyards had five to ten hectoliters per hectare. The 2017 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Gravières comes from gravel soils rich in limestone. It has ripe acidity and good volume without being heavy. This also matured in topped-up barrels for around 15 months. 91/100 The Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez

François father, a former micro-biologist for the Hospices de Beaune, had sold the majority of the grapes to the local cooperative and produced only a little wine for the family. This has changed somewhat and today Francois works around 4.5 acres and sells the rest of the grapes to the Co-op.

His goal is to eventually make wine from about 10 acres so that he can explore different styles of wines and work the different soils in the area. This is just the beginning..

Curiosity, taste and interest drives him in his work. He makes wine in four different cellars with different temperatures (not controlled) and humidity, one better suited for the oxidative wines, one better suited to those he tops up (ouillé) another for the wine he ferments in steel tanks and lastly another for bottle storage.

François Rousset is producing some of the most captivating wines in the Jura right now, of that there is no doubt. Recent bottles consumed have further confirmed this and the glacial pace with which his white wines age; these are wines that seemingly transcend time!

We don’t get much but are happy that we get any at all, the world has discovered this address now and he has hardly anything to sell…

This central part of the Jura is very much the undiscovered Jura, characterized by imposing limestone and marl cliffs perched atop pedestals of sloping vineyards. It is a raw, imposing beauty very different to the gentle slopes further south.
WINE STYLE
Rousset is redefining what we consider typical of the area, wines made sous-voile with his topping up and vins ouillés. He’s ahead of the pack and is far and away the best producer in his area producing seriously profound wines.

François’ works hard to understand the incredible terroirs that he has inherited – it truly has to be seen to be believed.

In short he fashions wines within the Château Chalon appellation, labelled as Côtes du Jura since he makes them in a non-oxidative (ouillé or topped-up) style. Vinified by parcel (farming is organic-certified) with little to no sulphur and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the Rousset wines are complex and very concentrated, falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral, delicate and exotic and rich.

They are somewhat reminiscent of the Ganevat and Labet wines, but with laser-like acidity and tension alied to serious concentration and depth. Stunning wines indeed.

The white wines shimmer and vibrate with life; they are concentrated, superbly balanced and very fine indeed. His focus is on making ouillé or topped-up wines within the Château Chalon appellation, bottled as Côtes du Jura. Freshness, clarity, precision and persistence their hallmarks.

The red wines are delicious; pale, light, fleeting and charming. They are delicious and go down very nicely!

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