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Crémant du Jura, Domaine Désiré Petit Brut

The Jura region of eastern France is fast becoming one of the country’s most exciting winemaking areas. It is here, in the commune of Grozon, that the domaine was established in 1932 by Désiré Petit who planted just under 1.5 hectares of vines on the Côte de Feule. Since then, the vineyard area has increased significantly to 27 hectares and the domaine is run by the third generation of the Petit family: Damien and Anne-Laure.

Domaine de Désiré Petit’s Crémant is made using the ‘methode traditionelle’, from Chardonnay purposely grown on poor soils to maintain good acidity in the wine. Bottling is generally carried out during the January to March following harvest, after which the wine spends 12 to 15 months on its lees before disgorgement and dosage of 0.6cl per litre.

This Crémant du Jura Brut is a credible Champagne alternative with a fine mousse, this is rich, floral and deeply satisfying. On the nose it is creamy; on the palate well balanced with good depth and classic Champagne toasted brioche flavours and creamy notes evident again, giving this complex wine an appealing softness. This is a serious and elegant Crémant du Jura.

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