2021 Domaine Courbet Savagnin L’Origine, Cotes du Jura, Jura, France

2021 Domaine Courbet Savagnin L’Origine, Cotes du Jura, Jura, France



in 1869, this family-run estate, like most during that time, was originally structured on a poly-culture model; vines, grain and livestock. It gradually evolved to producing only grapes and wine over the last 50 years and is now run by Jean-Marie (father) and Damien (son) Courbet. The estate now comprises 7.5 hectares of vineyards. Half are located on the slopes directly below the famous village of Château-Chalon which is arguably the greatest appellation of the region. The balanFounded ce of the vineyards are located nearby in the communes of Domblans and Menétru.

Savagnin is grown in marnes soils (blue, gray, and red) while the Chardonnay can be found in clay-limestone soils. The reds, Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir, are grown in light marne soils with some limestone. Pruning is very short and the vineyards are plowed regularly. Since 2005, the Courbets have been farming biodynamically and the estate is currently in transition to organic certification. All harvests are manual and only indigenous yeasts are used. Minimal use of sulfur dioxide is used and the doses range from 20-30ppm.

Grown in the Marnes Bleus clay soil that are unique to this region and that Savagnin excels in. Why “L’Origine”? Because Savagnin is one of the oldest varietals and is actual the base for many other grapes grown today.

This small cuvée come from young vines that are crushed and put through a skin maceration for 18 hours. The fermentation and aging process takes place half in neutral oak barrels and half in stainless steel tank. The result is a very floral wine that is the true expression of Savagnin. This wine is topped off or ouillé during the aging process in barrel. Only 75 cases produced.