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Chardonnay Sous Voile Chevassu 2015

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£17.50

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One Line Description Chardonnay Sous Voile Chevassu, delicious, complex, layered and unusual Chardonnay from the Jura
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country France French
Region Jura, France
Producer Chevassu
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 13%
Maturation in barrels 'sous voile' under some flor yeast
Ageing Potential 5 years to show at its best
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner
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Chardonnay Sous Voile Chevassu, delicious, complex, layered and unusual Chardonnay from the Jura. Chardonnay Sous Voile has a delicious taste of honeysuckle and cream and a richer toffee pudding note. The palate cuts through with a a lovely vein of acidity, bringing lemons and melons. There is a saltiness to this wine, not dissimilar to the Savagnin of Vin Jaune fame but here it is softer, which comes from its time ageing under a layer of flor yeast. A fascinating wine for both those who think they know Chardonnay, but also a great shout for sherry drinkers who want a table wine with some character. It cries out for some sharp and creamy Jura cheese.


Cut yourself some nutty nutty slack and, if you’re suffering sotolon deficiency, pour yourself some liquid fenugreek...’
Marie-Pierre is a young vigneronne whose wines are definitely old style. If you like your Poulsard orange and rustic and your Chardonnay to have that “jaune” ne sais quoi, from a sojourn under a yeasty veil, you’ll love the uncompromising earthiness of these Jurassic wines. At just 50 hectares Chateau Chalon is home to the extraordinary Vin Jaune (“Yellow wine”), made from the Savagnin varietal. The grapes are harvested late and then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 6 years and 3 months (although some producers age their Vin Jaune for up to 10 years in barrel). The slightly porous oak barrels are, by design, not completely airtight, and a considerable portion – nearly 40% - of the wine therefore evaporates over the years (the so-called “angels share). No topping up is done. A thick layer of flor yeast, known as the voile or veil, looking like a white foam, develops on the surface of the wine and helps prevent excessive oxidation. This aging method, similar to that used for fino sherry in Spain, but in France specific to the Jura, allows the wine to acquire its distinct flavours, characteristic of walnut, almond, spice and apple, before release. This remarkable dry wine, at its best immensely complex and very aromatic, is best appreciated after at least 10-15 years in bottle and has the ability, in good vintages, to age for a century or more. This unique wine is bottled in a unique bottle, squat with a deep punt, called a “clavelin”. Each clavelin has a capacity of 62cl (0.62 litres) – based on the fact that for every litre of newly made wine put into barrel, just 62 centilitres is left after nearly six and a half years of ageing. Vin Jaune is the only wine allowed to be sold in France in a bottle of this capacity. The wines of Château Chalon are distinguished by an additional escutcheon at the base of the neck. How to describe Marie-Pierre’s Château Chalon? Green walnut, caraway, fenugreek seed, pickled ginger jostle for attention with a hint of medlar segueing into peanut brittle and salted caramel. The finish is taut, verging on stony-metallic with gripping lemon-grazed acidity and an amazing nuttiness that reverberates around the palate for such a long time. Don’t neglect the simply delicious and deliciously simple (and natural) Pinot and Poulsard respectively.

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2Reviews For Chardonnay Sous Voile Chevassu 2015

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    Emilie07/08/2017

    A fantastic, unusual wine from the undervalued region of the Jura

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    David W29/05/2016

    Lovely full bodied Chardonnay with creamy hints and that interesting, sherry-like note that I really enjoyed!

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