Champ Divin, Cuvée Castor Chardonnay/Savagnin, Côtes du Jura 2016
A gentle golden colour with a wonderful aroma of white and yellow peaches, with lovely vibrancy and great character. Full on the palate with a hint of oak and a long lingering aftertaste.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Region||Alsace & Jura|
|Style||Dry and full|
|Grapes||50% Chardonnay, 50% Savagnin|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Fish, Smoked|
|Notes||Bio-dynamic, Environmentally-Friendly, Organic|
With France, everyone knows the principal, celebrated regions – Bordeaux, Champagne, etc. But such is the ubiquity of French wine making, some areas become overlooked, an afterthought on wine lists and entirely absent from supermarket shelves because they don’t tick the familiar boxes and/or cannot manage large volume production. In the mountainous Jura in northeastern France, their fabulous wines – toothsome light reds, sparkling cremants and some really individual whites – are mostly consumed locally rather than exported. You will struggle to find Jura wines on the high street and will have to go to reliable online retailers such as Tanners, who have the gorgeous, characterful Champ Divin Cuvee Castor 2016 a biodynamically created blend of chardonnay and the local savagnin grape (no relation to sauvignon blanc) which combines rich fullness with some vibrant concentrated citrus flavours. A very food friendly wine, try it with smoked or white fish, simpler chicken dishes and lighter cheeses.
A topped up blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin. Subtle bouquet of stone fruit and pear on the nose. Round fruit on the attack then exhilarating acidity and freshness on the finish.
From a region favoured by sommeliers looking for wines that are versatile with food, this white is a mouthwatering combination of toasty hazelnut richness and pristine lemon-zest and candied citrus intensity. There’s a strong streak of fine white Burgundy about it, but with more spring in its step. Chardonnay needs no explanation, but the other half of the blend may do. Savagnin is very much a variety of the Jura, where it’s used especially for Vin Jaune, the Jura wine matured under flor like fino sherry, but Cuvée Castor – all purity, precision and richness – is the antithesis of the oxidative Vin Jaune style. Champ Divin’s vineyards are certified biodynamic – hence the name Castor, after a star (strictly speaking six stars, before anyone corrects me) – and the wines have very little sulphur added to them. Try it with fish, chicken, spices, roast vegetables, cream sauces or cheese, or drink it on its own.
The Jura, an unsung wine region east of Burgundy, is gaining ground, but quality is still mixed. This is worth stocking up on, produced by Fabrice and Valérie Closset, with a glorious peachy character and subtle acidity.
Will Lyons, The Sunday Times, 8th April 2018
Perfectly balanced between rich & toasty and fresh & energetic, this biodynamic Chardonnay Savagnin is an absolute winner from @TannersWines. Buy.