Best Jura and Savoie wine guide

Your Sommelier's Best Jura and Savoie wines

Winegrowing has common origins in these two regions, which date back to ancient times with the Romans. The vineyards of Jura became more organized with the publication in 1732 of a decree limiting the authorized grape varieties in order to ensure the quality of the wine and increase its reputation. There are now six appellations in Jura that include Arbois, Crémant du Jura and Château-Chalon, the latest being the area of the famous Vin Jaune.

In Savoie, the aristocracy developed the vineyards until the French Revolution gave farmers access to property, reducing agricultural sharecropping and resulting in better care of the vineyards. Following some difficult years, Savoie got recognition for its wines after the Second World War with the creation of three Appellations: Vin de Savoie, Roussette de Savoie and Seyssel.


Appellation

Jura

Arbois, Côtes de Jura, Château-Chalon (Vin Jaune), L’Etoile, Crémant du Jura

Savoie

Vin de Savoie, Roussette de Savoie, Seyssel

 

Key Figures

Jura

Surface: 2,000 ha
Winemakers: 250
Production: 50,000 bottles

Savoie

Surface: 2,200 ha
Winemakers: 600
Production: 100,000 bottles

Red Grapes

Poulsard (Jura)

The typical Jura grape, with sweet and juicy grains that can also be called Ploussard in Arbois.

Mondeuse (Savoie)

This traditional red grape ripens late and gives wines with raspberry and violet aromas, which can be kept in good vintages.

Gamay (Savoie)

Gamay is the most widespread red grape in Savoie and gives juicy easy drinking wines.

White Grapes

Savagnin (Jura)

Typical Jura grape that produces the famous Vin Jaune. Blended with Chardonnay, it also gives a very specific wine often called "Tradition".

Chardonnay (Jura)

Only 200 winemakers elaborate white Beaujolais and Beaujolais Village with Chardonnay. These wines usually have subtle aromas of fresh fruit and white flowers.

Jacquere (Savoie)

Main grape variety of Savoie that gives to wines a pale robe along with mineral aromas and white flowers notes.

Roussette (Savoie)

Another typical grape variety of Savoie that provides complex floral and fruity wines combining both richness and freshness.

Chasselas (Savoie)

Mainly grown in the area of Lake Geneva, it produces wines with aromas of fresh butter, toast and nuts.Main grape variety of Savoie that gives to wines a pale robe along with mineral aromas and white flowers notes.


Find more information on the regions and their wines with their official websites: Jura, Savoie or on Wikipedia: Jura and Savoie