One of the joys of working at The Wine Society is the opportunity not only to taste curiosities, but to share them with my fellow-members. We take pride in listing unconventional wines that might, elsewhere, end up on the foil-cutting-room floor.
If Macvin du Jura sounds like a whisky-based winter warmer, packaged in haute-couture tartan, it's actually a vin doux naturel, made from the juice of late-harvested grapes (chardonnay here) cut with brandy (marc du Jura) before it ferments. The Jura's hyper-strict AOC rules decree that the marc must be cask-aged for 18 months, and come from the same producer as the grapes. The result is a mellow 18% nectar, sweet but never cloying. I love this with cheese, from soft to blue, and it's a sublime partner for a warm walnut or pecan pie with chilled whipped cream.
Janet Wynne Evans – Specialist Wine Manager
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