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Domaine de la Tournelle Macvin du Jura NV 750ml

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Macvin is a traditional Jura “Vin de Liqueur”, made of spirit – home-distilled Marc du Jura (using the domaine’s grape pomace) and fresh Chardonnay juice.

Grapes: Chardonnay, grape pomace

Making of: the Chardonnay grapes are pressed and then settled for 12 hours and then blended with the Marc that has been aged 3 years in barrels (2/3 juice, 1/3 Marc). The blend is then aged for 24 to 36 months in barrels. (Way longer than the AOC requirement which is 12 months.) Bottled without filtering and without sulfites, at around 17% ABV.

Personality: juicy, succulent aperitif, marrying vibrant acidity of the Chardonnay juice with the richness of residual sugar (180–220g/l). Serve well-chilled as an aperitif; perfect also at the end of the meal, with cheeses or apple-based or spicy desserts.

Evelyne and Pascal Clairet created their domaine in 1991 and later opened a little bistro in their garden by the water in the center of the town of Arbois, open in the summer. Continuing after her husband’s passing away (2021), Evelyne works with 8 hectares of vines planted of mostly white grapes (the locally typical Savagnin and Chardonnay) and some reds (Trousseau and Ploussard).

Tournelle makes traditional wines in the traditions of Arbois, such as the Terre de Gryphées or Vin Jaune, while also exploring new paths, such as the use of carbonic maceration in the Uva Arbosiana red. Their methodology and passion are clearly invested in producing wines that represent the tradition and potential that this dynamic AOC possesses.