2015 Jean-Francois Ganevat Cotes du Jura Les Chalasses Vieilles Vignes #140797633


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Based on 7 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 93-94 points Wine Advocate "It always has the concentration and clout of the old vines, and in 2015 it's specially powerful, yet fresh and balanced, in an XL way. It has pungent acidity and a very tasty finish. It's a textbook example of what the 2015 whites from Ganevat are: a rare combination of incredible power and freshness. (LG)" 94 points Vinous "Glistening straw in hue, it has a striking nose, the key being an oxidative bent that does not occlude other aromas: hazelnut, damp straw, Clementine and autumn bonfire, all beautifully defined and intense. The palate continues the discrete oxidative theme, nutty and smoky, fresh as a daisy with a killer line of acidity. There is intensity here, yet such is the tension and razor-sharp dry finish that you beg for a second sip. (NM)"

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Jean-Francois Ganevat in his Jura vineyard

About Jean-Francois Ganevat

While the Jura region of France may be new to most collectors, this family-owned Domaine has been around since the 1600s. Nestled between Burgundy and Switzerland in the charming town of La Combe de Rotalier, Jean-Francois Ganevat (aka “Fanfan”) is crafting 35-40 different wines each vintage from his 8.5 hectares. 

Of those 8.5 hectares, there are seventeen different grape varieties planted, all local of course, which are all farmed biodynamically. The white wines are fermented and matured in neutral oak or clay amphoras, and the reds are destemmed and undergo carbonic maceration before aging in neutral barrels. The end result is consistent in quality and purity, but each lot is distinctly different - and deliciously fun.

Fanfan has already won the hearts of many, including Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate who proclaimed “he is the most accomplished French vigneron of whom most of my readers have never heard.” Keep your eyes peeled for his Pinot Noir (Cuvee Julien/En Billat), one of his most highly acclaimed wines, which has been deemed the “la Romanée-Conti from the Jura” by the Wine Advocate.

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