2005 Caves Jean Bourdy Chateau Chalon
From Bourdy: "The only grape variety used to make Château Chalon, along with all Vin Jaune, is the Savagnin, which amongst other names used to be called 'Le Naturé' or 'Fromentin'. Its origin is mysterious. From a botanical point of view, it is closely related to the Klevener d'Heiligenstein grape which is cultivated in Alsace and is part of the Traminer family. Legend has it that the grape variety is Hungarian in origin, or perhaps Spanish, but there is no firm evidence for these claims. Historic documents suggest that savagnin was already being cultivated in the 13th century. It is characterized by an upright habit, crinkled leaves with a downy underside, small pips and a thick skin which allows late ripening and is well resistant to rot."