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.
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
At the time of the Roman Empire, due to the growth of the number of vineyards in Gaule and a general overproduction, it was decided that half of Gaule’s vine stocks must be removed. The Emperor Probus demanded that a single hillside must be preserved, his “Cherished” hillside, overlooking the Rhone Valley, producing an extraordinary wine. Condrieu “Chery”, from that famed slope, balances elegance with strength. Its strong nature comes from the exceptional exposure of the hillside and the age of the vines. A legendary wine.
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.
Jean-Charles Abbatucci from Ajaccio was a hero of the French revolution and comrade in arms of another local hero, Napoleon Bonaparte. The Domaine is now run by Jean-Charles Abbatucci, a direct descendant of the General, who has now become a local hero of another kind-for providing the local populace with its most sought after libation. His wines are certified biodynamic, and he believes in following even the most far out biodynamic practices to the letter.
Abbatuci's wines are certified biodynamic. On his large estate south of Ajaccio he keeps a pristine poly-culture ecosystem in place, complete with herds of sheep foraging through his vines, groves of olive trees on ancient terraces, and large swaths of untouched forests.Named for a leading military figure under Napoleon Bonaparte’s Premier Empire, and then became a prominent consul under Napoleon III. The grapes are crushed by foot and macerate for 15 days then the wine is aged in old demi-muids.