Varietal - Chardonnay
Region - Jura, France
Tasting Notes - The nose has aromas of nuttiness, honeysuckle, flint and candied lemon. The palate is dry with high acids and an opulent body with round texture. Flavors of tree fruit like baked apple, underripe peach are mirrored with touches of pineapple, tropical fruit & jasmine. Utterly complex for the price range, Valentin Morel shows his artistry and technique in this Chardonnay. Wonderful expression of Jura's terroir and rustically elegant philosophies. Whether a Jura enthusiast or new comer to this region this is a must try - one of the shining young stars of Jura's winemakers.
Importer Notes - Coeur Wine Co. -
Biodynamic. This Chardonnay comes from 35 year old vines planted on Trouillot Marl terroir. Hand harvested, destemmed, and pressed directly to tank. Native yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation start in tank and wine is then transferred to neutral 600 liter barrels to complete fermentation. Bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added.
On Producer -
Just a few years after earning a masters degree in international law, Valentin Morel decided he would prefer making wines inspired by his readings of biodynamic visionary Rudolph Steiner. Valentin studied winemaking in Alsace, where he was introduced and influenced by natural winemakers like Pierre Frick and Bruno Schueller. In 2014 Valentin joined the family domaine. Valentin’s grandfather operated a sawmill in Poligny, one of the traditional “metiers” in this forested region. After retirement in 1978, he decided to plant 10 hectares of vineyards with his son Jean-Luc. From 1978 to 1985, they sold off grapes to the local co-op, and in 1985 they began bottling their own wines. Jean-Luc had long involved with the local “Confederation Paysan”, and in 1999 stopped using herbicide and began plowing all of the vineyards. This literally laid the groundwork for the conversion to biodynamic agriculture when Valentin joined the domaine and produced his first vintage in 2014. All of the wines are produced with natural yeast and no additions other than tiny amounts of sulfur on some bottlings (zero sulfur on others). Chardonnay Les Trouillots and Pinot Noir Les Trouillots were produced with zero sulfur during production and bottling.