Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat Le Zaune a Dedee VdF 2015

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Jean-Francois Ganevat is looking back to move forward, meaning that he has re-discovered old techniques and grape varietals from the past and using them to make cutting edge, modern wines. He spent much time training at vineyards in Burgundy, and then came to work at his family domaine (it dates back to 1650) in 1998 as the 14th generation winemaker in his family. He wanted to make wines in the Jura that has the same philosophy as the best wines in Burgundy, and fortunately, his father had preserved the ancient, yet outlawed, Jura varieties that are easily drinkable with lower alcohol content. He converted the entire estate to biodynamics in 1999, and eliminated the use of sulphites completely in 2006. Since his grapes are not allowed under AOC Côtes du Jura, they fall under Vin de France, but that does not make them any lower in quality! He uses a variety of elevage containers, including demi-muids, larger tronconic casks, and unlined clay amphora from Italy, much liking the freshness, salinity, and purity that they bring to his wines. His cuvée ‘Le Zaune à Dédée’ is made with a blend of 80% gewürztraminer from Alsace and 8-year-old savagnin that is fermented with indigenous yeast and raised sous voile (“under a veil”, which means oxidized and raised under a layer of yeast, similar to Sherry) in foudre. It has plenty of oxidative notes of yellow apple but retains many ‘traminer’ notes of dried apricot, orange oil, and a bitter walnut finish. It has plenty of tannin from the extended skin contact, a bit lower in acidity, but definitely not lacking in complexity! Biodynamically grown, low-intervention.

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