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Domaine de la Renardière

 

Domaine de la Renardière

The commune of Pupillin is home to the estate and vineyards of Domaine de la Renardière. Here, vigneron Jean-Michel Petit farms and vinifies a range of red and white wines that are arguably some of the best wines in the Jura. The domaine was established in 1990 and presently encompasses 7.5 hectares of vineyards. Half of Jean-Michel’s production is devoted to red (Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau) and half to white wine (mostly chardonnay, with a bit of Savagnin).

Since 2003 all vineyard practices and applications have been organic. The domaine acheived organic certification in 2012. In the cellar, Jean-Michel adheres to traditional methods of winemaking. Fermentation takes place via native yeasts, and sulfur additions are only utilized when deemed necessary. Elevage takes place in foudres for the red wines, and a combination of older barrique and foudre for the white wines.

 
 

Domaine de la Renardière Jurassique Arbois-Pupillin Chardonnay

From limestone soils and vines around 20 years old.  Fermented and aged in old barrels that are kept topped up. 

 

Domaine de la Renardière Arbois-Pupillin Savagnin

Jean-Michel Petit’s 'sus voile' version of Savagnin, which spends 40 months aging in barrels that are not topped up.  Lovely, complex, yet subtle oxidative notes, complemented by a long and fine finish.

 

Domaine de la Renardière Arbois-Pupillin Ploussard

The region’s very own Ploussard, otherwise known as Poulsard, makes for a delicate and snappy red in Domaine de la Renardière's rendition of the variety.  Although the color may lead one to think this wine is delicate, Jean Michel says this is his red with real legs - the one to lay down in the cellar.  And he has backed up that statement with beautiful old bottles from his cellar.   We say it's hard not to drink this all the same month it arrives.  

 
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Jean-Michel Petit Vin de Paille Arbois-Pupillin

The domaine’s classic rendition of a Vin Doux Naturel from the Jura. Rich, long and fine, with notes of acacia, honey and saffron.