2008 Jean-François Ganevat Chardonnay "Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Jura

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To say that Jean-François Ganevet is a meticulous master of his craft would be an understatement. A multi-generational winemaker, he has only 8 plus hectares under vine and produces between 30 to 40 specific cuvées each and every year. All his property is farmed biodynamically, hand harvested, hand sorted and even hand de-stemmed! He is one of Jura's best kept secrets. The "Les Grands Teppes" comes from 90 year old chardonnay vines grown on white marl. His style tends to lean towards the less oxidative and more towards lightness and elegance. Only microscopic amounts of his wines make it to the US market, so don't hesitate.

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