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Labet Cotes du Jura Vin Jaune 2006


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A unique wine that provided an atypical wine drinking experience.

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

Grape Variety: Savagnin.

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

Vintage: 2006

Price: $66.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

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

Paired With: Salmon quiche with cheddar cheese and garden salad

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, shadowy pink/salmon color (very much like the color of a dark rose). Oxidative smells, ripe apples, wood smoke, old Madeira wine, citrus and fresh ground nut aromas. Unusual smoothness, oxidative and fresh vivacious mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 200-grit overall texture. Very diverse and complex flavors including baked apple, apple cider, raisins, lemon, salted nuts and California grapefruit. Intense bright acidity that really gave it a wonderful freshness and a very, very long tart yeasty finish that ended with just a touch of lilac. The silky rich flavors and very fresh mouthfeel on the first taste really made an impression; however, the wine changed dramatically with each pour and by the third pour it had lost much of the unique rich tastes and was like drinking smooth sherry. A unique wine that provided an atypical wine drinking experience.

Julien Labet
Photo from Charles Neal.

Comments: See our reviews of other Domaine Labet wines.

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: 45mm, wax sealed Natural cork (The cork appeared dry and broke in half while removing it, but came out in two distinct pieces).

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Charles Neal Selections; Richmond, California.