Wine Wednesdays – The Wines of Jean-Francois “Fanfan” Ganevat

I’ve discovered a new favorite wine bar in NYC, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.  We first went last Saturday and had the best time.  With one whiff, Jared guessed the mystery white wine and we won a bottle!  The “caccio e popcorn” buffalo chicken rillettes, and radishes with the most insane brown butter were all delicious snacks that deserve your attention as well.  They have happy hours 7 days a week and the bartenders are all so friendly and knowledgeable. 

After following them on Instagram, we saw they were having a special “Sommakase” flight of wines from Jura producer Jean-Francois Ganevat and so we returned, less than 48 hours later!  
I first had a wine by Jean-Francois in Vienna back in November.  He comes from a winegrowing family that dates back to the 1650s in the heart of the Jura.  He bio-dynamically farms 8.5 hectares for estate wines as well as sourcing from grape-growers as far north as Alsace.  He creates anywhere from 35-40 different cuvees every year, he’s one busy man!
We tasted through 5 wines that all showcased a slightly different side of his winemaking style, from mild to wild!

First up, “La Combe” Cremant De Jura, 100% Chardonnay aged for four years on the lees with no dosage.

And then L’Ailleurs a white blend of Pinot Auxerrois, l’Enfariné and Savignin Vert – which tasted like a blend of seawater, Sauvignon Blanc and cider (in a good way!)
Grusse en Billat was a delicious 100% Chardonnay from 50+ year old vines.  My favorite of the night, even if perhaps a bit basic, it tasted like the most delicious blend of baked apples and sweet cream butter!

Le Zaune á Dédée took us to nerd-wine territory.  The joke of the night was this wine was “Traminer on Traminer” as the grapes Traminer and Savignin which make up the blend are very closely related in DNA.  
And the last wine, the only red, was J’en Veux Encore, apparently a hint at the second version of the label as the first was rejected by the TTB for being even more suggestive than this label!  A bright and easy drinking red made from Gamay and Trousseau.

Compagnie des Vins offers nightly “Sommakase” options at a variety of price-points.  I’d highly recommend checking them out next time you’re in NYC (or Paris or London)!
The “caccio e popcorn” is a must order!
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