France – Jura
Jean Francois Bourdy
Domaine Bourdy run by the Bourdy family since 1475 is based in the sleepy village of Arlay near Château-Chalon. This rare domaine is self-titled “créateur et conservateur des vins d’autrefois (wines from other (old) times)” and has a cellar that looks like an Aladdin’s cave of old treasures, all kept in the very cool dark recesses, often untouched for decades.
“I have tasted many older wines from this estate and have very special memories of a 1959 Vin Jaune that I purchased and drank at dinner with Jean-Louis Chave. He was suitably impressed, as was I with his old offerings.” – Randall Pollard
The reds are made from 1/3 each of pinot, poulsard and troueseau, and not surprisingly they are light-medium bodied and live (like a white) off their acidity. Cote de Jura whites are made with 100% chardonnay. This 10ha domaine has been certified biodynamic since 2006, but has been organic for much longer.