Reviews 92 points John Gilman "...offering up a fine aromatic constellation of apple, fresh almond, chalky minerality, beeswax, gentle spice tones redolent of nutmeg and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is zesty, full-bodied, focused and soil-driven, with a good core of fruit, excellent focus and balance and a long, vibrant and nascently complex finish. (JG)"
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About Domaine de la Borde
For his Savagnin Nature, Julien chose a topped-up style. The grapes are partially destemmed and naturally fermented in large oak, up to 1,500 liters. The wine sits on the lees for about 20 months – this long elevage keeps the wine stable with minimal sulfur. Tightly wound, this wine offers classic notes of wild green apple and citrus, along with white spice and some florality and sea spray. With vibrant acids and minerality, good texture and long length, it finishes dry with a hint of grip.
Julien's Vin Jaune is aged for 82 months in his infamously cold and humid cellar, which results in a glacial evolution and brings a deep layer of complexity to the flor. This is one of the finest examples of Vin Jaune being produced today and should not be missed.
What makes Domaine de la Borde's wines special is their dedication to biodynamic farming and natural winemaking techniques. Julien Mareschal works on his estate to produce wines that are pure expressions of the terroir and the grapes he grows. His Savagnin Nature and Vin Jaune are both excellent examples of his skill as a winemaker and his commitment to producing high-quality wines that are both delicious and unique.