Roches Sèches, Les Essards Noirs 2014
Jura is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks in part to the new horizons on offer from the unusual grape varieties grown here and the minimalist, traditional winemaking. Roches Sèches ferments whole bunches of low yielding, 50 year old Grolleau vines (certified organic) and crushes by foot.
The result is a wine with dense black cherry fruit, violet and menthol aromas. It has a strikingly juicy and intense palate of black cherry and strawberry, before layers of dark chocolate, liquorice and fragrant cedar wood come into play. The tannins remain in the background, allowing the fruit to shine. Long and elegant, it has a moreish finish. Only 800 bottles made.
Taster: James Button