L'Étoile, Dom. de Montbourgeau
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L'Étoile, Dom. de Montbourgeau - 2018

Item # 22217 750mL

A wildly complex white wine that's not for the faint at heart. Understand well that this delicious, dry wine is anything but ordinary. Tangy with roasted hazelnuts, citrus rind and mineral abound. Drink lightly chilled. Comes from the tiny Étoile sub-region of the Jura region of eastern France.

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I'll often have customers come in to Astor looking for something 'different,' 'funky,' even ‘challenging.’ Well, as I work my way through all the amazing Jura wines we have, wow did I find one that's all those and more. Aromas of red apple skin, hazelnut, apple cider, and sour beer. On the weighty palate, water chestnut, honey, and cheese rind. Keeping the wine in the fridge for a day or two revealed even more with apple brandy and cognac notes emerging. I will never look at Chardonnay the same way again. This is a stunning example of how versatile the grape is. Food? Think strong cheeses and baguette slathered with salted butter. Domaine de Montbourgeau is situated in the southwestern area of the Jura, in the village of L’Etoile, meaning 'star,' named for the many ancient starfish fossils found in the soils of this appellation.

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From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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A petite and relatively obscure wine region in eastern France, between Burgundy and the Swiss border. Its geographical isolation has helped it to remain a rare bastion of traditional winemaking techniques, and today it produces some of the most distinctive wines in the world. Reds from the Jura are often light-bodied, earthy, berried, and reminiscent of the village wines of Burgundy (though here they are made of local grapes like Poulsard and Trousseau). The true specialty of the region,...

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