Jean-François can be found in the sleepy hamlet of La Combe, below the main village of Rotalier. From his modest 8.5 acres of vines -all owned, except one hectare rented, he makes up to 40 cuvees to capture the various terroir, grape varieties and winemaking styles that he feels represent the best of the Jura.
Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards. The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
Domaine Gourt de Mautens produces only 800-1,600 cases of wine annually, unfiltered and unfined, with indigenous yeasts only. It was founded by Jerome Bressy in the Rasteau appellation. After the 2009 vintage he abandoned the appellation since some of the indigenous grapes he has in his vineyard like vaccaresse and picardin were banned. The domaine is certified biodynamic and is commited to preserve native varietals and tradional methods. This wine has great aging potential