Jura is a phantom for me.  Quiet, mysterious, and elusive.  This is one of France’s smallest and lesser-known wine regions, situated east of Burgundy near the Swiss border. Jura’s craggy, gently rolling terroir holds the secrets of diverse and rambling microclimates- from limestone to marly soils, and from dry summers to cold winters.

From the few wines I have tasted so far, I believe Jura must be a woman.  Beautiful and multi-faceted, equally angelic, graceful, and yet completely frustrating.  I am totally captivated.

I tasted this gorgeous Jura wine from Michel Gahier on a dark, steamy night in San Francisco.  We were ensconced in one of the city’s most intriguing new restaurants, Commonwealth, when I had my first sip of this wine, made from Jura’s typical red grape, Trousseau.  First, the wine is bright, full of a lean acidity- long, elegant limbs confidently striding over ancient cobblestones, silk skirts floating over strong calves and ankles.  Then, there is a hint of black fruit- the aftertaste of a sun-ripened blackberry, and then nothing but dark, damp forest floor, mushrooms and tree bark.

This wine is a stunning enigma.  I had never tasted anything like it.  It is a first kiss, a long, hot look across a crowded room, a familiar embrace.

And now I want more.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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13 Responses

  1. Wink Lorch

    Hi Joanie – came across this because I have a Google alert for anything written on Jura wines!

    So glad you’ve discovered a wine from this region and want to know more. I am a wine writer with a speciality in Jura (although I write, edit and speak on other wine areas too). I have a blog that I’m building up about the Jura, with links on it to much more information too. You might like to have a look: http://allaboutjurawine.co.uk
    And I hope you enjoy discovering more wines form the Jura soon!

  2. Dorje

    I just LOVE the way you describe this – simply wonderful! I live in Basel, moving to Alsace in a few months & now need to shunt Jura wines up my priority list! 🙂


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