We began talking about this newsletter last year. At the time, we were still hatching plans for Domestique. But we knew that we wanted our very first producer-specific mailer to be about Julien Labet.
In our minds, these are some of the most exciting natural wines in the world right now. They’re expressive of Jura terroir. They are “classic” wines. But they also have a combination of transparency and expressive, abundant fruit that feels like a burgeoning trademark. A signature in the making.
Julien has a little less than 15 hectares in the Sud Revermont, the Jura’s southernmost area, a stone’s throw away from Ganevat and Domaine des Marnes Blanches. He farms organically and has a light hand in the cellar. No fining, no chaptalization, no acidification, super minimal sulfur. Julien's father, Alain Labet, was one of the first vignerons in the Jura to make ouillé style whites. Nearly half of the domaine's vines are more than 60 years old (some of the Poulsard was planted in 1895!) and the vast majority of them come from massale selections. The vines are harvested by hand with yields of just around 10 hl/ha.
The wines below come from different parcels and represent a range of soil types (clay, limestone, schist, sandy loam) scattered with these old plantings. They are all beautiful expressions of the Sud Revermont terroir. And we’re proud to offer them to you.
Also, on that note, we’re now shipping to a number of states around the country. Check our website for more information. Happy new year.
- Jeff Segal