Labet Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Champs Rouges 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: An elegant Chardonnay.

Producer/Winery: Julien Labet; Domaine Labet, Rotalier, France.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Côtes du Jura, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $31.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Seared Swordfish


    Prologue: In November 2017 we had a bottle of the 2012 vintage, but unfortunately it had a bad cork and we did not rate or recommend it (see our review of Domaine Labet Côtes du Jura Les Varrons 2012. Since we knew there was a problem with the cork we tried it again…and were very glad we did!!! Following is our review of the 2015 vintage that had a flawless 50mm natural cork.

    Chilled before opening. Clear, dark golden color. Very wide array aromas that were dominated by a mustiness with apple, quince, peach, freshly toasted bread and orange blossoms in full bloom. Silky smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel, medium to heavy body and a 400-grit texture. Very flavorful with clearly defined (not quite ripe) apple, quince, lemon, peach, fresh baked bread and uncooked Kieffer pear flavors. Wonderful crisp acidity and a long smooth finish that left a chalky vanilla taste in the mouth. Heavier and not as zesty as we expected, but absolutely stunning Chardonnay and a “perfect” wine paired with the swordfish. We loved it and called it an elegant Chardonnay.

Julien Labet
Photo from Charles Neal Selections.

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Charles Neal Selections; Richmond, California.