One of the oldest domaines in the wine world, Caves Jean Bourdy was established in the late 1400s. The domaine is currently run by brothers Jean-Philippe and Jean-François, the 15th generation, who work 10 hectares of biodynamic vines (including a half-hectare in Château-Chalon).
The wines are made in the most traditional of ways—direct press for whites and longer whole-cluster maceration for reds; spontaneous ferment in neutral vessels (stainless now), then long aging in old barrels (four years for whites); no fining, no filtration, and minimal sulfur.
The domaine is known for its extensive library of old wines—some say it’s the largest in Europe—with reds dating back to 1926 and whites dating back to 1911 (1865 for Château-Chalon). Caves Jean Bourdy produces a full range of wines of the Jura—sparkling; red blends of Poulsard, Pinot Noir, and Trousseau; whites made of Chardonnay and Savagnin; Vin Jaune; Château-Chalon; and the very special and rare Galant des Abbesses, a special fortified wine mulled with spices and local herbs in a super-secret recipe.