I guess I’ve been on a bit of a white wine roll….even in winter when I typically tend towards warming reds and heartier meals! I guess you can’t fault me, my blog is named in honor of Chardonnay after all. This Domaine de la Pinte definitely hit the spot!
As a Valentine’s tradition, my man made me a delicious lobster caccio e pepe pasta, prompting us to break out this bottle of Chardonnay we brought back from our trip to the Jura last summer. It was a wonderful pairing!
The 2015 Fonteneille Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay from Domaine de la Pinte comes from 37 year-old vines grown in clay-limestone soil. The domaine practices biodynamic farming and indigenous yeast is used for fermentation for this particular Chardonnay. Jura wines are definitely different than the average, even for common varietals like Chardonnay. This wine was supple and rich thanks to malolactic fermentation. Bright stone fruit mingles with a mineral undertone and a creamy finish. Relatively high acidity keeps it fresh and had me craving that next sip. Overall a great match for the buttery pasta and rich lobster.
While many Jura wines are rather obscure and hard to find in the US Market, Domaine de la Pinte has a relatively strong presence. It looks like the 2015 vintage is sold out but I’ll be looking to get my hands on the 2016 asap!
Wine: 2015 Domaine de la Pinte Fonteneille Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay
Purchased: At the domaine
Price: $22 retail