2018 Domaine Les Bottes Rouges (Jean-Baptiste Menigoz) Arbois Léon
ORIGIN: Jura, France
Special Notes: Natural, no added sulphites and additives. Serve chilled 12c, open about 30 minutes before and let it open up. Enjoy a less typical chardonnay. Get an extra to cellar, it will be age worthy.
Jean-Baptiste Ménigoz was teaching part-time to disabled children before devoting himself entirely to viticulture in 2011. During this time, he became fixated on natural winemaking, no doubt with influence from his good friend and fellow vigneron, Raphael Monnier, who is also part of the Selection Massale family. After a couple vintages on his own (with the help of his wife, Jacqueline), he was joined by Florien Kleine Snuverink in 2014, who is originally from the Netherlands. The overarching theme is quite simple: native yeasts, no fining or filtration, depending on the cuvée, and low- to no-suplhur. As Jean-Baptiste says, “We make the wines that we like to drink ourselves.”
For the anecdote, the name of the Jurassian domain comes from the band the Wampas and their song named "Les Bottes Rouges".
The first Chardonnay cuvée is Leon. The vines are planted in clay-heavy soils and the grapes are usually harvested at the end of September. Direct press into 3,000L tun for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation before racking into smaller, 440L neutral oak barrels.
Flavor Profile: Full, luscious Chardonnay from clay soils producing a stunningly delicious wine with vibrant energyFood Recommendations: Grilled Pork, Mussels in rich cream sauce.