The Jura has a traditional style of wine made from the Savagnin grape that is quite different from the those mentioned above. Vin Jaune-Yellow Wine. Vin Juane is 100% Savagnin and after fermentation is aged in oak casks for 6 years and 3 months at a minimum. During this time a veil of yeast forms and protects the wine from oxidation. The result is a wine that remind some a a dry sherry. The finest come from the Chateau-Chalon AOC.
Wine in Switzerland dates back to Roman times. Very little Swiss wine makes it to us here in America so I was glad to have a chance to taste some here.
The Swiss wines included a white and red from Albert Mathier and a Pinot Noir from Marie -Therese Chappaz. The Mathier Ermitage is made from the Marsanne grape. It was in contrast to the Jura whites, richer with less acidity, quite nice. The Cornalin evoked comparisons to Gamay and lighter Rhone Valley reds. The Pinot Noir from Marie -Therese Chappaz was remarkably dark in color for a Pinot Noir. Very youthful, I would like to taste this wine again in a few year.
Both regions produce other types of wines, from sparkling to dessert style. This tasting was a great introduction to a few wines from these regions. Vin Marottoli can always be counted on to pick some interesting wines to bring home and share. I hope he continues this practice so I can try wines from places I have not yet visited. If you are interested in trying wines not available in the states get on his email list. These tastings sell out very quickly!