Jura is a region in eastern France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. The region is characterized by wooded hillsides and vast mountains. Jura's vineyards cover just over 4570 acres, forming a narrow strip of land measuring nearly 50 miles from north to south. The vines start when the ground begins to rise to the east and towards a large limestone plateau. The majority of Jura's vines are planted on south-facing slopes, to make the most of the sun's rays. The climate is continental, long cold winters and hot summers but with more rain than in Burgundy. Jura region is famous for its eccentric varieties. Today there are five of them including three reds. Poulsard is the dominant red grape in the region. Trousseau is another red grape which requires high sunlight to mature. This grape covers only the warmest 5% of the region. Savagnin is a white grape used in all the regions appellations. It is also responsible for Jura’s Yellow wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two grape varieties used to make wines fruitier and fresher in the region. Crémant du Jura was created in 1995 and covers the title of sparkling wines in the region.
If you’d care to taste the wines of Jura Mayhew offers; Cotes du Jura – which is a 100% Trousseau Red wine. Champ Divin Pinot Noir and Marcel Cabelier Cremant du Jura Brut Rose. Check Mayhewwineshop.com weekly for future tastings that might feature some of these great Jura appellations.