January 17, 2017 Emily Shoop 0Comment

Jean and Chantal Berthet-Bondet came to the village of Château-Chalon in Jura after studying agronomy in Lyon. Their love of the land quickly found them harvesting their first vintage in 1985 with an old barn housing the vats, and the wines resting in the 16th century cellar under the house. The couple is meticulous, knowledgeable and passionate, and Berthet-Bondet produces a rather interesting array of white wines that truly convey their sense of place.

Berthet-Bondet is tucked away in the foothills of the Alps near the Swiss border. Just 50 miles from Burgundy, Jura is quirky, charming and serene, with wines to match. Long obscure, the region has become very popular in recent years. It is also the birthplace of Louis Pasteur, and the area is known for its intentionally oxidized wines. Their Château-Chalon, for example, slowly and gently oxidizes in oak barrels for more than six years. The resulting wines taste nutty, of marzipan and cooked apple, yet are fresh and vibrant. They also produce traditional wines, including a beautiful crémant, Chardonnay and Ruby, a lovely red.

In general, the wines of Chateau-Chalon match beautifully with richer foods: ham, butter, cream, mushrooms and aged mountain cheese, such as the local Comté. Some find these wines to be confusing, but when paired properly, they are brilliant.

www.berthet-bondet.net
NV Crémant de Jura
Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Balanoz
Château-Chalon
Côtes du Jura Chardonnay
Côtes du Jura Savagnin
Côtes du Jura Nature
Côtes du Jura Rubis
Côtes du Jura Tradition
MacVin du Jura
Côtes du Jura Savagnin Savagnier
Côtes du Jura Rouge Trio
Vin de Paille

Martine’s Wines is the appointed importer for Berthet-Bondet in all of the United States with the following exceptions: NY, NJ