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Crémant du Jura, Domaine Jean Bourdy N.V.
$21. 12% alcohol. Cork. Importer: Potomac Selections, Landover, MD.
This was my first time drinking Jean Bourdy's Crémant du Jura. It won't be the last. Produced in the méthode traditionelle, it's a non-vintage cuvée based purely on Chardonnay. A lovely nose of lightly toasted hazelnuts, brioche, pear and marzipan led do a palate much racier and brighter than aromatically suggested, all of which was finished off with a vaguely Chenin-like note of honey and beeswax. Coursing through it all was a core of almost sweet minerality, with a tang to it that made me think there might be a little Savagnin at play. The wine blossomed with food, yielding some of the generosity to which its aromas had alluded. What became crystal clear as we drank the bottle with lunch is that we were enjoying an excellent Jura wine, one that spoke clearly of its place, that just happened to be sparkling — not a sparkling wine for sparkling wine's sake.
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