Domaine Pignier, Côtes du Jura Gamay Blanc 2017
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Domaine Pignier, Côtes du Jura Gamay Blanc 2017

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A heritage strain of Chardonnay reproduced via mass selection, known as Gamay Blanc around Lonsle-Saunier. Matured in “diamond” vats for 10 months (this horizontal, egg-shaped vat ensures that the lees spontaneously circulate).

Notes from Polaner Selections:

"The historic Domaine Pignier can trace its roots back to the 13th century in the village of Montaigu, which is located 40 km south of Arbois in the appellation Côtes du Jura. The vineyards are in blind valleys that cut into the Jurassic shelf, and are composed of a diverse array of clay-limestone soils. The Pigniers are deeply devoted to natural viticulture – certified by both Demeter and Ecocert – and with the only plantings in the village, they happily farm without the influence of surrounding domaines (that might not share their philosophy). 

The range of wines includes the traditional varieties of Savagnin, Trousseau, Poulsard and Chardonnay. The Pignier’s natural approach is carried into the cellar with the use of indigenous yeasts, aging in cold, underground 13th century cellars (in combo of barrels, demi-muids, foudres and concrete eggs), minimal use of sulfur, and no fining or filtration. Purity is the name of the game at Pignier!"

Gamay Blanc
Clay-silt soil
Fermentation and ageing in an oval tank for 16 months. This vertical “egg” tank benefits from the micro-oxygenation inherent to the porosity of the concrete made from gravel, sand and non-chlorinated water. In this giant egg, the lees are permanently lifted by an internal current, called Brownian motion. Bottled only on flower days as they pertain to the lunar calendar.