Andrew Guard

2011 Château-Chalon 'Vignes aux Dames', François Rousset-Martin 62cl

The lieu-dit underneath the big rock of Château Chalon produces the famed Macle version -  this is nothing short of spectacular, epitomizing what the zone and the parcel can do; this is powerful and vibrant and reminiscent of the limestone soils. This has classic notes of celery, mushrooms, citrus rind, whisky, and fine curry, it will develop even morewith time in bottle. This wine should develop tremendously in bottle, especially in complexity - simply majestic.

As a wine importer one is always on the lookout for new talent, the next big thing that we can introduce to our customers. Having recently tasted the superb wines of François Rousset of Domaine Rousset-Martin in Paris at Frenchie and Clamato I immediately thought to contact them to see if we could work together. My Jura list is already pretty amazing, I am lucky to work with Overnoy/Houillon, Jean-François Ganevat and Domaine Labet, anything additional would have to be great right ? Well these are, they are wonderful Jura wines in every way.

François's goal is to better know and understand the superb terroirs in which he is invested. He has an exciting new project near the town of Baume-les Messieurs where he has plantings of young vines, it will be exciting to follow the potential as they age. Perhaps most exciting though is his focus on making ouillé or topped-up wines within the Château Chalon appellation, labeled as Côtes du Jura!

These are captivating and contemplative wines from a producer to follow very closely..