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Vins Jaunes

Derek - Sun, August 09, 2015

Vins Jaunes

Tasted at the Wines of Jura tasting Westminster Boating Base May 2015

Bone dry complex, long lived the wines come from three Jura denominations Arbois, L’Etoile and Côtes du Jura. After fermentation the white wines are placed in oak barrels and aged for six years and three months. The barrels are not moved or topped up during this period and a layer of yeast forms, similar to Sherry’s flor. The wine is then bottled into ‘Clavelin’ 62cl bottles as 1 litre of grape juice reduces to approximately 62 cl.

Domaine Daniel Dugois, Arbois

Arbois Vin Jaune 1988

96 2015-22

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Fresh fruits and almonds the nose has a lot of complex flavours the palate starts sweet with peaches and apricots but under the richness there is citric freshness. Nuts and straw the mid palate has a complexity the back palate fresh with the saltiness of flor the finish long with lingering flavours.

Fruitière Vinicole D’Arbois

Arbois

Vin Jaune 2007

92 2015-30

Savagnin 1005

Arbois

Apricot richness on the nose the start of the palate has depth of flavour. Citrus in the middle gives a lighter fresher feel the back palate has a walnut and hazel nut excitement the finish is ethereal complex and long.

Vin Jaune 1991

94 2015-22

Savagnin 1005

Arbois

The nose has a complex mix of flavours an ethereal freshness the start of the palate light with almonds and hazel nuts. Peach and apricot enrich the back palate depth of fruit the finish though light with fresh fruits almonds more Madeira than Sherry

Domaine Joly

Rotalier

Côtes du Jura

Vin Jaune 2008

94 2015-32

Savagnin 100%

L’Etoile

Walnuts, almond wheat straw the nose has a mix of fragrances and the palate lots of complexity. Under the fresh fruit the lime and lemon there is a peachy richness but it is light at the back a hint of flor a mix of nuts flavours that linger.

Vin Jaune 1998

92 2015-26

Savagnin 100%

L’Etoile

A whiff of volatile on the nose but the palate is fresh with citrus, nuts and straw quite complex. The fresh fruit is backed by the richness of apricot the back palate stylish slightly salty with walnuts and hazel nuts the mix of flavours lasts well.

Domaine de la Pinte

Arbois

Vin Jaune 2005

93 2015-28

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Walnuts and almonds the nose has complexity the palate stylish with fresh fruit a touch of salt and wheat straw. Depth in the middle apricot richness but at the back it is lighter fresher quite ethereal the finish long, nutty complex.

Domaine Rolet

Arbois

Arbois Vin Jaune 2007

92 2015-34

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Lime and lemon the nose is fresh nutty, barley straw complex and the palate has layers of flavour with citrus on the mid palate and apricot richness at the back. The finish has fragrance length hazel nuts and flor saltiness.

Arbois Vin Jaune 1995

94 2015-26

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Fragrant the nose has a complex mix of flavours ethereal fresh fruits with almonds and hazel nuts and a whiff the mustiness of flor. Apricot richness in the middle is backed by apple freshness a hint of volatile at the back adds to the complexity.

Domaine des Ronces

Orbagna

Côtes du Jura

Vin Jaune 2006

95 2015-30

Savagnin 100%

Côtes du Jura

Walnuts and barley straw are backed by fresh lime the nose has lots of complexity the palate has more depth with peaches and apricots a lovely mix of flavours. Fresh at the back the finish is long complex citrusy, nutty and slightly salty.

Domaine André et Mireille Tissot

Arbois

Arbois Vin Jaune La Vasée 2007

92 2015-32

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Herbal spicy the nose is fresh the palate has depth ripe apricot. Under the richness there is lemon freshness with a mix of hazel nuts and flor on the finish.

Arbois Vin Jaune 1990

96 2015-26

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Concentrated nutty yet there is freshness with wheat straw and hints of flor a lot happening on the nose. The palate has more depth with apricot sweetness underpinned by almonds a mix of flavours that lingers on the finish.

Domaine Jacques Tissot

Arbois

Arbois Vin Jaune 1989

95 2015-23

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Hazel nuts and walnuts are backed by fresh lime. Peach and apricot in the middle depth of flavour the rich fruit is underpinned by apple the back palate lighter spicy, salty and nutty lots of complexity.

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot

Arbois

Vin Jaune 2008

93 2015-32

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

Rich on the nose there is a mix of apricot and peach. The palate is lighter fresh citrus and nuts, wheat straw the freshness lifts the flavours on the back palate the finish long nutty and salty.

Arbois Vin Jaune 2004

92 2015-28

Savagnin 100%

Arbois

The nose has depth and the start of the palate some rich fruit. There is mid freshness with limes and lemons, walnuts and almonds, a hint of salt and flor giving complexity on the finish.

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