2010 Domaine de Montbourgeau Vin Jaune de l'Etoile (620ml)

SKU #1343773 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 L'Etoile Vin Jaune is a super elegant version of the Savagnin aged under a veil of yeasts for no less than six full years and whatever remains of the year when the grapes were harvested. It has a great nose, consistent with what I expected from a great year, though it was recently bottled and showed a little closed, subtle and insinuating, elegant and serious, with some strictness. It has great purity of flavors, great length and a mineral, almost salty finish. There is great complexity and detail in the nose, slowly developing aromas reminiscent of diesel, rancid nuts, curry and dry hay. It was bottled in the summer of 2017. (LG)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

One of the classic icon producers of the L'Etoile region, Montbourgeau began its history in the 1920s and has produced traditional Jura wines ever since. L'Etoile takes its name from the tiny fossilized stars scattered throughout the limestone and marl soils. One of the classic wines of the entire region, the Vin Jaune is made from 100% Savagninn and aged for seven years under the voile (veil of yeast) developing the signature profile of Jura. It is a singular wine with great potential for additional aging. Serve lightly chilled with the classic Comte cheese of the region.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the most harmonious young Vin Jaune's I've tasted in quite some time. I say young because the wine spends 7 years under the traditional layer of yeast before bottling making this the current release. These kinds of wines have an almost indefinable history of longevity. I've had some going back to the forties and they are exquisite. I know people who've tasted further back than that with the same kinds of results. What makes Vin Jaune so special in general and this in particular is the layers of unique flavors that persist from nose to palate to finish. Explosive aromas of tamarind, salted apples, caramelized walnuts lead to a palate of smoked lemon peel and light peat tones all while having beautiful acidity and balance. The finish persists for minutes if not longer. All this in a dry wine! It is unique and not necessarily for everyone but if you are open, trust me you'll be in all the way. And when you try it, make sure to have a hunk of Comte cheese on hand. There is no better pairing in the wine universe.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
The Vin Jaune by Montbourgeau is a must-buy for anyone out there who loves wines from the Jura and exceptional Vin Jaune. It is head and shoulders this best Vin Jaune I’ve come across at K&L. What I love about it is that it isn’t just about the sous voile character, there are so many other wonderful, complex pieces to this wine. The balance here is totally dialed-in. The acidity is absolutely nuts. There are points where it delivers like a classic wine, and others like a lambic ale. Yes, there are those notes that are classic to Vin Jaune-mushrooms and nuttiness, but more interesting are the citrus and petrol notes. What a slammin’ wine.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
I wish I could post a photo of my handwritten tasting notes here so that people could see exactly how excited I was about this wine. A+. This is wildly delicious, a perfect example of how I want all my Vin Jaunes to taste. Super savory on the palate with brilliant salinity, this bottle is a little less nutty on the finish than some others I've had, but this comes with added "freshness" to the wine that makes it feel so balanced and tasty. I think this also opens up more pairing options as the wine isn't as extreme as some other Vin Jaunes can be.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Savoie/Jura

Alcohol Content (%): 14