Domaine Berthet-Bondet 2017 'Trio' Rouge, Côtes du Jura, France
Domaine Berthet-Bondet 2017 'Trio' Rubis, Côtes du Jura, France
Winemaker: Hélène Berthet-Bondet
Farming: Certified organic
Varieties: 60% Trousseau, 20% Poulsard and 10% Pinot Noir
Terroir: 15 to 20 year old vines. Gravel, red and grey marl soil.
Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation. Manual harvest, sorting table, short maceration (about a week) of whole berries, destemmed, aging in stainless steel vats for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: This Trio is characterized by its lightness and the complex bouquet of red fruits and earthy character. It can be kept for up to 5 years and is best served with a slight chill. 12.5% alcohol.
From our February 2020 Bottle Club Notes:
The Jura is a very special, tucked-away and historically isolated region in the wine world. Nestled between Burgundy and the Swiss border in Eastern France, this cool climate area produces a mix of indigenous and Burgundian grapes as well as delicious cheeses. Sommeliers and wine geeks alike love trying bottlings from here, from the distinctive and slightly-oxidative Savagnin, to the Sherry-like Vin Jaune, and the beautiful, floral blends of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir.
There are only about 4,000 total acres planted to vines in this mountainous terrain in altitudes from 820-1,310 feet. The region is named for the Jura Mountains, which formed over three epochs we now know as the Jurassic period. Wine has been produced here since The Middle Ages, but it wasn’t until 1985 where Chantal and Jean Berthet-Bondet staked their claim in the Jura by purchasing vineyard land which had been untouched for over 50 years. Unlike most producers in The Jura, the Berthet-Bondets did not hail from wine-making families, but both had agronomic backgrounds. They fell in love with the land after spending time working here. The husband-wife team began planting vines and rehabilitating old ones on their new land, and over time increased the size of their domaine to 37 organic acres on a mix of hilly limestone, gravel, and marl terroirs. In 2018, Chantal & Jean’s daughter Hèléne took reign of the estate.
This wine is called ‘The Trio’, which is a combination of the three main red grapes of the region: 60% Trousseau, 30% Poulsard, and 10% Pinot Noir. These three varieties play together like family, creating a soft, bright, and red-fruited wine with very balanced tannins and lots of room for food pairing. Trousseau brings to the blend a gamey earthiness and rich fruit, Poulsard the light floral aromatics, and Pinot Noir a dose of color, tannin, and structure.
Due to the mountainous terrain, mechanical farming is rarely employed so everything here is hand-harvested. After harvest, the intact berries macerate with their skins for about a week before being destemmed and finishing fermentation in steel, retaining fresh aromatics.
The ‘Trio’ is a plush, medium-bodied wine sure to pair well with charcuterie, paella, mushroom risotto, or Chinese-style BBQ pork. Enjoy it with a slight chill!
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