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Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay Domaine de la Tournelle 2012

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One Line Description Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay is a beautifully balanced white wine for white Burgundy lovers!
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Jura, France
Producer Domaine de la Tournelle
Vintage 2012
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Clayey, early Jurassic grey marlstone soils
Total Sulphur Level Below 50 mg/l
Maturation 24 months in old oak barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 15 years at least
Production Detail Biodynamic
Natural Features Vegan


Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay Domaine de la Tournelle 2012, biodynamic wine, 100% Chardonnay, unique terroir expression, mineral and fine yet rich and profound, stunning Jura wine. Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay is a beautifully balanced white wine. It shows how good and elegant Jura white wine can be when it is not made in an oxidative style and Terre de Gryphees is an alternative to top Puligny Montrachet as a much lower price. The very low yields and strict adherence to biodynamic principles make this wine surely one of the best in the Jura. I use the word freshness a lot to describe wine but this is fresh, fresh, fresh! Considering the level of minerality and complexity in the wine and the 2 years of oak ageing, Terre de Gryphees has a quite sublime level of taught fresh, citrussy fruit and elegance. It is a wine that drinks like young Puligny and ages like great Meursault.

Evelyne and Pascal Clairet own 7 hectares in the region around Arbois, the famous wine growing capital of the Jura. They farm biodynamically and follow Maria Thun's calender in all their operations. They use no sulphur at bottling, but sometimes add 2 or 3 grams per litre earlier in the wine making. Unlike many Jura producers, they are looking to avoid oxygen in most of their wines (the Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille are oxidised) to keep the freshness of the fruit. There wines are a combination of golden chardonnay fruit and Jura minerals. They are linear and precise and have the most incredible texture of any chardonnay i have tasted. Top Burgundy wines sell for incredible prices but in terms of quality, complexity and sheer pleasure to drink, i have not come across many Chardonnay that rival the wines of Domaine de la Tournelle. Their Savagnin is also of outstanding quality and the salty twang allied to minerals and crisp elegance make it a stunning food pairing wine. For those who appreciate the unusual yet mezmerising flavours of Vin Jaune, their's is one of the most delicate and elegant you will find.

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