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2014 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay “Terres Blanches”

Domaine Rousset-Martin

2014 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay “Terres Blanches” Domaine Rousset-Martin - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant



Named after its terroir of white marl or “white earth,” this beautifully detailed Jurassic Chardonnay is made in the ouillé or topped-up style (as is the La Chaux above), meaning the barrels are topped off with wine as the wine evaporates, rather than left underneath a thin veil of yeast (sous voile) that causes the wine to gently oxidize over time. This latter technique is more typical historically in the Jura. Why the ouillé technique has not been employed more frequently has always mystified me, given the unbelievable geological complexity underlying the vineyards of the Jura that can be beautifully translated by the vine and is often masked with sous voile. As intriguingly delicious as the sous voile wines can be (we offer one magnificent example here), these ouillé wines offer more approachability (in taste and price) and a wider variety of possibilities at table.
Terres Blanches is produced from forty- to fifty-year-old vines in the village of Lavigny. Aromatically very fresh, the bottling hints of beeswax on the palate, and the finish is dominated by a strong, stony goût de terroir. With it, I’ll take the rabbit terrine. –Dixon Brooke


  • Vintage 2014
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Chardonnay (ouillé)
  • Appellation Côtes du Jura
  • Country France
  • Region Jura
  • Vineyard 40 years , .6 ha
  • Soil Gray, white marl
  • Winemaker Francois Rousset-Martin
  • Aging Aged for 15 months on fine lees
  • Farming Organic

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