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.
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85% Chardonnay 15% Savagnin "Coming from a long line of barrel makers, the Macle family settled in Château-Chalon in 1850 to grow wine. Initially they practiced mixed agriculture, but by the 1960’s were focused solely on wine. They cultivate 12 hectares, 8 planted to Chardonnay in the Côte de Jura and 4 planted to Savagnin in Château-Chalon. Laurent Macle is the 7th generation winemaker of Domaine Macle. He works closely with his father, Jean, to produce some of the top wines from the Jura. They render sous voile or “under veil,” a semi-oxidative style of wine. Jean has a knowledge of the chemistry of Vin Jaune production that is second to none and is known as a true master of Château-Chalon, while his son, Laurent, continues to learn more every year so that he may live up to his father’s reputation. The Macle family has a 16th-century cave where they store all the barrels for aging. Attached to each barrel is a little spout that is beneath the surface of the wine, so that it can be tasted without disturbing the veil of flor. They keep a library of their wines and are able to verify themselves whether there was something wrong with the vintage and the storage conditions of each lot." --importer Shiverick Imports