Caves Jean Bourdy

Jura, France

Caves Jean Bourdy is one of the oldest domaines in the Jura, owned by the Bourdy family for 15 generations since 1475 in the village of Arlay.

Caves Jean Bourdy is one of the oldest domaines in the Jura, owned by the Bourdy family for 15 generations since 1475 in the village of Arlay. The Domaine is now run by brothers Jean-Phillipe and Jean-François, the 15th generation of winemakers at this estate.

The Bourdys grow their vines on 10 hectares of land, including a half hectare in Chateau Chalon AOC. Caves Jean Bourdy makes wine the old fashioned way, using old barrels—some as much as 80 years old—for fermentation and aging of the wines. The Domaine is known for its extensive library of old wines, with reds dating back to 1926 and whites dating back to 1911 (1865 for Chateau Chalon).

The Domaine was certified biodynamic in 2006. The combination of some of the best terroir in the Jura and careful and patient winemaking results in wines that thoroughly express the land on which it is grown.

Caves Jean Bourdy produces a full range of wines of the Jura—from red blends of Poulsard, Pinot Noir and Trousseau, whites made of Chardonnay or Savagnin, and of course the very special Chateau Chalon, which is aged for more than 6 years as a film of flor (yeast) protects the wine, imbuing it with one of the most complex noses that can be found in the wine world.

The Bourdys currently produce an average of 40,000 bottles a year and have taken great care to hold reserves of their wines dating back to the mid-1800s.

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