Francois Rousset-Martin Chardonnay La Chaux 2018
100% Chardonnay. Blink and you might miss Nevy-sur-Seille, a village tucked away in the Vallée des Reculées, where François Rousset-Martin makes his wine (only around 1,000 case per year. Miniscule!). Albeit discreet, this part of the Jura resembles something of the American West—undiscovered and wild, and rich in natural habitat. The backdrop here is dramatic: Massive limestone and marl cliffs perched atop pedestals of sloping vineyards, and in the foreground, flocks of livestock grazing and snoozing the day away. François first caught the wine-bug growing up in Burgundy where his father was a micro-biologist for the Hospices de Beaune. Childhood trips were spent in the Jura getting to know and falling in love with a parcel of family vines which he would later vinify with his father. After earning an oenology degree and continuing his journey in the southern Rhône and Languedoc regions, he returned to his Jura roots and in 2007 officially launched his winery. From the marl slopes of Château-Chalon, where the Savagnin grape stars in the Jura’s most storied and long-lived oxidative wines, François crafts this unusual Chardonnay with regular topping-off of his barrels, to avoid any oxidation, almost no sulfur, unfined and unfiltered. This wine is complex and persistent, falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral and delicate, exotic and savory. François is one of the best kept secrets in France and his Chardonnay's are unlike anything you have ever had. These are a must try!