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2010 Jean Francois Ganevat Chamois Du Paradis ChardonnayChardonnay from France


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  • 91-92+ David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Ganevat's 2010 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Chamois du Paradis issues from a warmer site than his En Billat and from a largely very tiny-berried selection, all of which makes for enhanced ripeness and richness, here of apple and white peach fruit allied to piquant peach kernel and toasted hickory as well as a smoky, peat-like pungency. This fans out into a finish of formidable persistence yet subtle intrigue. I imagine the results performing well for at least 3-4 years after bottling."

"Jean-Francois Ganevat - known locally and affectionately as 'Fanfan' - farms biodynamically 18 acres at Rotalier in the deep South of the Jura growing area. From these, he bottles an array of wines mind-boggling both in diversity and quality. In fact, I'm willing to bet that he is the most accomplished French vigneron of whom most of my readers have never heard - and I write that in humility, because until two years ago I had never heard of him either. As Ganevat is, however, quick in pointing out, so as to put his achievements into perspective, there is one full-time person on staff here per hectare (2.5 acres) and even just watching, as I did, the process of immediately post-bottling packing and record-keeping revealed the meticulousness with which even the seemingly most mundane tasks are carried out at this domaine. So numerous are Ganevat's cuvees that during my first visit here last November I did not get much beyond concentrating on his 2010 vintage, and even that could not be tasted complete. Time (or was it sheer scarcity?) precluded my experiencing a rare late-harvested sweet Savagnin that is labeled as 'Sul Q' or any of the extremely (as in: close to a decade!) late-bottled Savagnin 'Les Vignes de Mon Pere,' alluded to in my tasting note on the 2010 Les Chalasses that originates from the same vines. (I’ll try to eventually supplement the present notes on Ganevat 2009 whites with a more complete set; that collection was just arriving stateside as this report went to 'press.') Ganevat’s vineyards are all in close proximity, many within the amphitheatric combe for which his home hamlet (officially part of the commune Rotalier) is named. While picking tends to be late - in the case of 2010, largely only in the second half of October - alcohol levels of the finished white wines vary anywhere from 13-14.5%. 'Each year, though, levels keep going up,' notes Ganevat, 'so we have to work to keep down the alcohol. But in 2009 for example, until 14% (especially with Savagnin) the phenolic maturity just wasn’t there; much material tasted vegetal and unripe.' All of this estate's whites - far and away the majority of which are Chardonnay and topped-off - are raised for two or more years in small, mostly used 500 liter. barrels and without sulfur, their precision, clarity, and stamina once opened being quite remarkable considering that even at bottling most remain un-sulfured. (I must admit, though, to speculating about longevity largely on the basis of hearsay, as no Ganevat wines with significant bottle age have thus far come my way.) Ganevat is proud to claim that he represents the 14th generation of his family to grow wine, though it was his father who in the late 1970's began shedding milk cows to focus almost exclusively on viticulture, and from whom Jean-Francois took extended leave in the mid-1990s to work with Jean-Marc Morey of Chassagne-Montrachet."

Product Detail

Item # 74761
Country France
Region Jura
Sub-Region Cotes du Jura

91-92+ - David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2010
Color White
ABV 12.0%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla