Philippe Bornard is one of the most recognisable, thrilling producers in the Jura. His vineyards were inherited from his father, who previously sold only to co-ops. It was Pierre Overnoy, who convinced Philippe to make his own wine, and now, decades later, he is working with nearly seven-hectares of 30 + year old vines and farming biodynamically. The grapes are grown at high altitude, mainly in the Pupillin bowl, on limestone and clay soils, allowing for a long slow ripening. Typically, the wine begins a long, slow maceration in fibreglass, and then is moved to large older oak barrels and foudres for maturation, which lasts about one year. Only available in small quantities we are delighted to offer this selection spanning a good portion of his range.
Chardonnay, Vin De France 2015 – £32
This cuvee is made from fruit from Les Gaudrettes vineyard with some additional grapes from elsewhere, thus it is released as a Vin de France. The 2015 vintage is broad, concentrated with a vibrant minerality, notes of cider, spices and walnuts finishing in mouthwatering citrus and smoky notes.
Les Gaudrettes Chardonnay, Côtes du Jura 2016 – £32
Les Gaudrettes vineyard is on limestone, but has a variety of different marls found in the soil which contribute to the complex minerality found in the wines made from this vineyard. A complex, beguiling Chardonnay.
Le Blanc de La Rouge Chardonnay, Arbois Pupillin 2016 £40 Case Exclusive
This cuveé is an intense, concentrated Chardonnay that shows characteristic mineral characters derived from the limestone soils in which the vines thrive. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the La Rouge vineyard, named after the red marl found there.
Les Chassagnes Lieu Dit Savagnin ouillé, Côtes du Jura 2015 £38 Case exclusive
Les Chassagnes is a small vineyard plot on limestone interspersed with deposits of marl and clay. Made in the Ouille style, minimising oxidation by topping up the barrels. The wine still has a slight oxidative edge which gives it a beautiful, nutty, savoury, umami quality that makes for compelling drinking, this is backed by notes of grapefruit, almonds and hazelnuts and a long compelling finish.
Le Garde-corps Trousseau, Arbois Pupillin 2015 – £42 Case Exclusive
From vines close to his home. This is a fine example of Trousseau, exhibiting bright ripe cherry and red berry notes with a savoury undertow.
La Chamade Ploussard, Arboius Pupillin 2016 – £34
Made from Bornard’s 50-60 year old vines grown in red loam soils. Grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed before being moved to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Here the wine undergoes a slow pigeage with pumpovers once a day, lasting in total about three weeks. The wine is then aged in foudre or in the tank for 9-24 months, depending on the vintage. Finally, the wine is bottled with its natural CO2.