NV Domaine du Sorbief Grande Reserve Brut, Crémant du Jura, France (750ml)
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A Quarterly Sparkling Wine Club Selection
Although originally from Burgundy, Chardonnay has been cultivated in the Jura since the 10th century and is the most widely grown grape variety in the region. 100% Chardonnay, the grape bunches were picked by hand, and whole cluster pressed. Produced in the traditional Champagne method, with primary fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, and maturation on the lees for 12 months, prior to secondary fermentation in bottle. Straw yellow. Inviting scents of green and yellow apples mingled with a touch of chalk dust. The palate shows flavors of Golden Delicious apple, Meyer lemon, underripe yellow peach, and a touch of Melba toast on the finish.
Domaine du Sorbief is part of Domaine Henri Maire, and sits nestled in the Jura, a wine region in eastern France, flanked by Burgundy in the east and Switzerland in the west. The Maire family have been growing grapes and producing wine in the Jura since 1632, with several generations of Maires succeeding one another. Domaine Henri Maire began to take shape in 1939, when Henri Maire inherited 2.6 hectares of vines. He founded his eponymous company in 1945 and went on to gradually assemble five estates in Arbois, Pupullin, Château-Chalon, and l’Etoile, spanning a total of 280 hectares. The domaine was the most important wine producer in Jura from the 1960s until the early 2000s. But after more than two decades of financial problems, the Maire family eventually lost control to a Luxembourg financial company in 2010, with the Boisset family ultimately assuming ownership in late 2013. Today, it is the third-largest producer and the biggest single vineyard owner in the region, accounting for an impressive 12% of the wine production in the Jura.