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Francois Rousset-Martin, Puits Saint Pierre 2015
It has a broad, lively mouth, with a slight residual sweetness on the finish that evokes beautiful fruits of the ripe orchard ( peach, pear, mirabelle).
Hand-harvested.Barrels (228L pieces bourguignonne and demi-muids) all are 3 to 4 years old. Wines undergo malolactic fermentation. All wines aged on fine lees.Neither fined, nor filtered. Oxidative wines have no added sulfur.The domaine's vines are located in the Chateau-Chalon and Cotes du Jura AOCs. For wines to take the Chateau-Chalon AOC, they must be Savagnin raised sous-voile in demi-muid.
Francois Rousset is producing some of the most captivating wines in the Jura right now, of that there is no doubt. Recent bottles consumed have further confirmed this and the glacial pace with which his white wines age; these are wines that seemingly transcend time. Francois first caught the wine-bug growing up in Burgundy where his father was a micro-biologist for the Hospices de Beaune. Childhood trips were spent in the Jura getting to know and falling in love with a parcel of family vines which he would later vinify with his father. After earning an oenology degree and continuing his journey in the southern Rhone and Languedoc regions, he returned to his Jurassian roots and in 2007 officially launched his winery. While his scientific background provides Francois with a literal understanding of the transformation from grape to wine, he is most influenced by keen intuition, and winemaking lore passed down from his great grandfather, also a winemaker.This central part of the Jura is very much the undiscovered Jura, characterized by imposing limestone and marl cliffs perched atop pedestals of sloping vineyards. It is a raw, imposing beauty very different to the gentle slopes further south. He fashions wines within the Chateau Chalon appellation, labelled as Cotes du Jura since he makes them in a non-oxidative (ouillee or topped-up) style. Vinified by parcel (farming is organic-certified) with little to no sulphur and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the Rousset wines are complex and very concentrated, falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral, delicate and exotic and rich. They are somewhat reminiscent of the Ganevat and Labet wines, but with laser-like acidity and tension alied to serious concentration and depth. Stunning wines indeed. The white wines shimmer and vibrate with life; they are concentrated, superbly balanced and very fine indeed. The red wines are delicious; pale, light, fleeting and charming. They are delicious and go down very nicely!
Wine Advocate 93pts (2017) - The 2017 Cotes du Jura Savagnin Puits Saint Pierre comes from another prestigious vineyard in Chateau Chalon. Here, the effect of the aging under a veil of yeasts for six months is clearly noticeable. After that, the barrels are topped up and continue the aging without flor. This is the last vineyard to be harvested, and the wine has a lot of energy, with that spicy touch and a clear minerality that is a texture rather than a flavor or aroma. It comes from old vines on gray marl soils and is delicious even in a challenging year. He's also experimenting with extended elevage and kept a barrel of 2016 aiming for a wine with three years in barrel. We'll see...
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