Domaine de la Borde Savagnin Les Écrins
Julien Mareschal of Domaine de la Borde makes some of the most enchanting Jura wines we have come across, though sadly the quantities available are miniscule. Julien has 5 hectares of vines on the slopes of the most prestigious Jura appellation of Pupillin and his are some of the highest at up to 550m above sea level. Winemaking is biodynamic with hand-harvesting, native yeasts and minimal sulphur.
Les Écrins is Savagnin from a single parcel grown at 450m above sea level in blue and grey marl. Made in the sous voile style where it was left for 24 months without topping up, this is an immense, powerful cuvée with dried fruit, hazelnut, preserved citrus and spice aromas and a long, savoury finish.