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  • Valentin Morel Côtes du Jura Rosé "Pontots Mêlés"
  • Valentin Morel Côtes du Jura Rosé "Pontots Mêlés"

Valentin Morel Côtes du Jura Rosé "Pontots Mêlés"

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This year, we’ve been able to introduce you to some incredible new producers in France. Offers from folks like Yann Bertrand in the Beaujolais and Etienne Calsac in Champange have helped them sell all of their entire year’s production in record time. There truly is a revolution today in French winemaking, and tasting the Jura wines from Valentin Morel confirms this in spades. For the first-ever U.S. offer of Valentin's wines, we're bringing you his truly exceptional old-vine, biodynamic Rosé at an unbeatable price.

2014 is Valentin’s first harvest. After leaving the family domaine to practice international law (nobody’s perfect), Valentin decided to return to the family domaine in Poligny, but under the condition that he could do things his way. After a stint in Alsace learning from biodynamic farming guru Patrick Meyer, he immediately plunged into the deep end of natural winemaking. He took complete control of the domaine (even his dad who started the winery is now an employee!), and converted all vines to biodynamic farming.
 
Inspired by the teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka (look him up), Valentin took one step further and began an ambitious project to eliminate plowing, and rely solely on complementary cover crops planted amongst the vines to establish a healthy ecosystem in his terroir.
 
Basically, he is a total bad-ass forging his own style that goes from the vineyard to the bottle.
 
The 2014 Rose comes from a single old-vine parcel called Les Pontots, which was planted before 1945 with at least 8 different grape varieties. Of course, there are the five Jurassian grapes Poulsard, Trousseau, Savagnin, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, but there are also varieties like Enfariné, Noa, Beclan, and others that he hasn’t yet been able to identify – and all of these are no longer allowed to be planted in the appellation!

It’s a solidly complex rosé with a spicy watermelon candy nose, great acidity, and will certainly improve over the next year or two as it gains some complexity.

With only 1,000 bottles produced, we managed to fight off the Japanese and Danish importers to secure the rest of the 2014 for you. If you want to discover the next generation of great producers in the Jura, this is a mighty fine place to start. 

Varietals :
Poulsard, Trousseau, Savagnin, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, but there are also varieties like Enfariné, Noa, Beclan, 
Vine age: 70+ years
Alc % : 11.2%
When to serve : now through 2017
Serve at: 5-8°C (41°F - 46°F) 

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