The green, rolling landscape of the Jura is a sight to behold, and the perfect picture of how a mountainous region nestled in between Burgundy and Switzerland should appear in the mind’s eye. In this cooler climate, vineyards are planted on slopes at varying altitudes and gradients. This region is home to forty different grape varieties with styles so different that they tend to shock the uninitiated. And at the heart of it all, in the charming hamlet of La Combe de Rotalier (just south of Lons-le-Saunier), Jean-François Ganevat—known as Fanfan—is making wine with the inspired magic of an alchemist. His wines occupy the better part of the hamlet, filling picturesque country cottages with barrels and barrels of his diverse, yet traditional creations. He comes from a long line of winegrowers, dating as far back as 1650, although the family supplemented their grape-growing with a dairy that produced milk destined for the local cheese, Comté, until 1976. After working both for his father and for the prestigious Domaine Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-François returned to the Jura in 1998 to take over the family domaine. Today, he is joined by his sister, Anne. With only eight and a half hectares under vine, the family has seventeen different local varieties planted of both red and white grapes—an incredible amount of variation to consider for holdings of such small size. For such a fervent perfectionist and insatiable lover of details as Jean-François, the decision to have the domaine certified as biodynamic was a natural choice. Jean-François creates a stunning number of cuvées from both estate fruit and purchased grapes, ranging between thirty-five and forty every year! His methodology goes far beyond the details of the average vigneron. For some, his process would be maddening, as each cuvée calls for a highly individualized élévage. He gravitates toward the Burgundian style, using ouillage to top off barrels. Jean-François Ganevat is a master of his craft, one of the true magicians of the eclectic. To say that his grapes are spun into gold would not be far from the truth; his wines are entirely otherworldly.
Beaujolais Nouveau release day is undeniably a celebration of this year’s harvest, but it is also a day to put the spotlight on all that Beaujolais has to offer. Today, along with Domaine Dupeuble’s 2020 Nouveau, we are featuring Beaujolais’s reds, whites, and rosés from each regional classification
If there is one thing we have all learned to expect this year, it is the unexpected. Even so, here we are, right on time with our annual Champagne sale—and, boy, is Champagne in order! In case you’re feeling a little humbuggish, convinced there is nothing to celebrate, I asked our three Champagne producers why it’s always appropriate to pop a cork
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Going into 2017, it had been a few decades since we added a winemaking family to our Beaujolais portfolio. With the likes of Lapierre, Foillard, Thivin, and Thévenet, just to name a few, there seemed to be no need to expand that cohort of all-stars. Then we stumbled across the reds of Quentin Harel
The wines in this collection offer a genuine taste of Tuscany’s varied terroirs, encapsulating a long history of working the land that persists to this day. They are a taste of the earth, conjuring all the images that make us dream about the pastel shades of a Tuscan sunset.
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