Domaine de Montbourgeau Macvin du Jura
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Macvin is a mistelle again, pure Chardonnay. What I tasted is a single vintage wine, but the vintage is not shown on the label. This NV Macvin du Jura from Montbourgeau can have some 200-220 grams of residual sugar, as the must didn’t ferment and was just fortified to 17% alcohol. The marc is aged for three years in barrels. The combination of fresh must and the aged marc is unique and easily identifiable. Once you smell it, you will recognize it forever, and it might be an acquired taste -- think of an oak aged grappa mixed with white grape must (it could also be red) and there you are. This is a wine used as an aperitif in the Jura, sometimes with some cheese. It’s quite sweet and could be quite dangerous, if you drink a lot of it, especially in the sun; you might need to go for a siesta! (LG)
Coming from the wonderful Domaine de Montbourgeau, producers of top-notch Vin Jaune, Etoile, etc., comes this most bizarre of treats. In a similar fashion to Pineau des Charantes, Montbourgeau takes the freshly pressed grape juice (Le Moût) and adds about 1/3 Marc du Jura. In a classically vague explanation from the Domaine, the cepage is listed as "Chardonnay, quelques Poulsard." The flavors are altogether unexpected and significantly different from Pineau, showing intense quince, orange essence, and hazelnut on the nose. The palate is like the most incredibly delicious Sweet Tea, with barely a touch of the funkiness prevalent in many of the dry wines of the region. Fresh, high-toned and balanced, the Macvin is a perfect aperitif for the adventurous or a great pairing with fruit tarts and confections.