unadulterated expression of Jura terroir - highly allocated (we only got three bottles so hurry!)
Vibrant, fresh, lean, mineral driven, bright lemon peel acidity
100% Chardonnay from vines 75+ years old grown in red marl
Certified organic farm with many biodynamic practices used as well, spontaneous fermentation in oak, then matured on the fine lees in old Meursault barrels, no added sulfur whatsoever, bottled unfined & unfiltered (this has a lot of sediment!).
Les Dolomies is a very small project from husband and wife team Steve and Celine Gormally - based in the under the radar Jura village Passenans. They tend 6 hectares of very old vines and practice making wine in the "ouille" style (which just means they do not make wines in the slightly oxidized style that has made Jura famous.
from the importer:
"Les Dolomies takes its name from the magnesium limestone found in the area. The climate is semi-continental and the zone of the the vineyard is located at the foot of the first plateau where the vines are rooted in iridescent marl. The term "iridescent" given to this predominantly marly soil reflects the variety of colors due to the oxidation levels of iron, which is micro-disseminated in the formation. They range from purple/red to light green or white. In these iridescent marls we find banks of dolomite (magnesian limestone). These iridescent marls constitute one of the best geological supports of the Jura vines due to their ability to disintegrate, thus allowing a good penetration of the root network. They also constitute an excellent water reservoir..."