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Domaine de la Renardiere, Vin Jaune 2011
A beautiful golden colour with a salty, nutty, nose. The palate is textured, rich with soft caramel sugar cane, very long, and complex finish.
Once opened Vin Jaune can be kept for at least 6 months. The distinctive nutty flavours would be perfect to pair with another speciality of the region: Comté and Coq au Vin Jaune!
Vin Jauneis made in a similar method to the Savagnin Sous-Voile however it spends longer under the veil of yeast. The AOC laws state that no racking or handling can take place and the wine must spend a minimum of 6 years in barrel. The earliest release is allowed 7 years after the harvest and must be bottled in a classic 62cl clavelin bottle. Jean Michel says once opened Vin Jaune can be kept for at least 6 months. The distinctive nutty flavours would be perfect to pair with another speciality of the region: Comté and Coq au Vin Jaune!
Jean-Michel Petit grew up in Pupillin, where his parents and grandparents farmed the vines, selling their grapes to the local cooperative. After studying in Beaune and working with producers around the world, Jean-Michel created Domaine de la Renardière in 1990 with his wife Laurence. They now have 7.5 hectares all within Arbois-Pupillin. He is both neighbours and friends with revered grower Pierre Overnoy and indeed some of his vineyards are a stone’s throw away. Pupillin is a village with immense respect for organic viticulture. Indeed 2/3 of Jean Michel’s neighbours are organic. Jean-Michel has followed organic and biodynamic principles since 2010 and the Domaine became certified Organic in 2012. Each parcel is vinified separately with indigenous yeast, minimal doses of SO2 are added usually just before bottling or sometimes not at all. We were given a magnificent tour of Jean-Michel’s vines, linking each grape variety to its terroir and tasting each cuvée at its vineyard site.
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