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Music and wine : the perfect match

19.06.2014 | Œno-logic

Music and wine : the perfect match

Attack, harmony, balance, power, elegance, depth… are all terms found in the lexicons of both music and wine. For those who are attentive to what stirs inside them, listening to music – or tasting wine – generates a palette of emotions and intense sensations. These sensory impressions, or “synesthesiae”, are similar to those that French poet Baudelaire had in mind when, in the 19th century, he wrote: “Perfumes, colours and sounds call to each other.” These sensory games are something that Frédéric Beneix, founder of Wine4melomanes, has been playing with since 2004, by giving his tasting sessions a musical dimension. A new way of exploring the rich variety of Jura wines. The man behind Wine4melomanes is sommelier and DJ Frédéric Beneix, who for the past 10 years has been holding wine tastings set to music. He crafts audio tributes to Jura wines, based on the following rationale: “Music and spirits share rhythm, melody and sensuality”. He chooses pieces according to the year of composition, to fit the year of the vintage. These highlight the wine and expand the array of sensations. “I make my basic selection according to colour,...

Marc du Jura AOC brandy: a sampler

13.02.2014 | Œno-logic

Marc du Jura AOC brandy: a sampler

After testing a recipe for a chilled cocktail based on Marc du Jura, we wanted to find out more about the secrets of producing this local pomace brandy, recently awarded Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status. At the 2014 Tapping of the Vin Jaune festival, we took the chance to meet with winemaker Guillaume Tissot, who chaired the 2013 edition. He explains the method for making this outstanding brandy, which also comes in a sweeter version called Macvin. But there’s no need for a lengthy explanation: the gurgling tubes take us on a journey to the centre of the stills…...

The Tapping of the Vin Jaune

21.01.2014 | Œno-logic

The Tapping of the Vin Jaune

On February 1st-2nd, come and taste one of the world’s greatest dry white wines in Perrigny and Conliège to celebrate the new vintage of Vin Jaune and all the wines of the...

Vin de Paille: a pressing engagement

15.01.2014 | Œno-logic

Vin de Paille: a pressing engagement

In a hurry to taste Vin de Paille? Then head to Arlay in Franche-Comté on 19 January for the traditional “Pressing of the Vin de Paille” festival, a colourful and bacchanalian affair. On the programme: a religious celebration, tutored Vin de Paille tastings accompanied by local savoury and sweet specialities, exhibitions, a procession, music and, of course, the Trophée de la Pressée presentation ceremony. The festivities take place beneath the benevolent gaze of Saint Vincent, the patron saint of wine growers. And provide an opportunity to take a closer look at the secrets of making this precious nectar. Vinified using the finest bunches of grapes from the Jura’s vineyards, Vin de Paille – or “straw wine” – is a rare, naturally sweet and slightly acidulous wine. It varies according to how each winemaker blends it. Drying the grapes Every year, at harvest time, the best bunches of Trousseau, Savagnin, Chardonnay and Poulsard (or Ploussard) grapes are selected and placed on beds of straw or wooden racks for at least three months to dry out – a process the French call passerillage. Organic straw must be used, and when the...

How floral white wines are made

05.06.2013 | Œno-logic

How floral white wines are made

  In the Jura, there are two families of white wines: Floraux and Tradition. Vinification and ageing are what differentiate the floral family (mostly Chardonnay, with fruity notes) from the traditional style based on Savagnin, the grape behind vin jaune with its walnut and spice flavours. Time for a tutorial with Arbois-based oenologist Thierry Bosshard.      What make a wine distinctive ? Thierry Bosshard: The identity of a wine is primarily an alchemy between its origin – locality, soil, exposure – and its grape variety, i.e. its gene, its taste family. And then, what sets a wine apart is the maker’s personal touch, how it’s vinified…   In what respect is vinification key, especially when producing floral wines ? A producer’s artistry – their rigour, but also their “feel” – is what makes a wine great! For floral wines, good hygiene is paramount. This prevents any impairment and preserves pure, intense aromatics. It’s then necessary to conduct the various stages of vinification with great rigour. Firstly, the bunches must be pressed properly to retain all of their aroma. Then the sediment must be allowed to settle: this removes...