Marnes blanches

Géraud and Pauline Fromont – Domaine des Marnes Blanches, Sainte Agnès

Géraud and Pauline are two brilliant winemakers who met in viticulture school 2006 when they were in their early 20’s. Just two years after their first glance at each other, they realized their dreams and bought a vineyard in Cesancey, southern Jura.

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 The region was quite a natural choice for two natives of the Jura – considering everything this land has to offer. Domaine des Marnes Blanches is named after the white marl found in the first vineyard they purchased. Today they have 10 hectares in total spread out on three villages: Cesancey, Vincelles and Sainte Agnès.

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They work hard making a wide range of wines consisting of both traditional Jura style oxidized whites and topped up modern reds, macvin, vin de paille and marc. On top of it all they have 3 small children to take care of.

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Their topped up whites ‘ouillé’ are labeled ‘Reflet’. Those are elegant and mineral with lots of energy and intense fruit. The non-topped up ones ‘sous voile’ are labelled ‘Empreinte’ and shines with intense ripe fruit along with typical nutty notes and a racy, salty mineral finish. Their reds are light, refined, refreshing and floral.

2016 Chardonnay ’Les Molates’

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from Sainte Agnès.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 35 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Chardonnay ‘En Quatre Vis’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from Cesancey.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 75 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Chardonnay ’En Levrette’

Soil: Limestone with high content of fossil, from Vincelles.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 55 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Savagnin ’Les Molates’

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from Sainte Agnes.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 23 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Savagnin ’En Quatre Vis’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from Cesancey vineyard.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2016 Savagnin ’En Jensillard’

Soil: Limestone with high content of fossil, from Vincelles.
Grape: Savagnin Jaune (an old variety also known as ‘Red Savagnin’)
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 55 years
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2013 ‘Tradition’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from all 3 villages.
Grape: 60% Savagnin, 40% Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 30-60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing 36 months on barrels without topping up to receive the traditional, oxidized style.


2012 Savagnin Empreinte’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing 48 months on barrels without topping up to receive the traditional, oxidized style.


2016 Poulsard

Soil: Red marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: Poulsard
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Destemmed and maceration on the skins for 2 weeks in open oak vats. Careful pressing and then put into 225-liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2016.


2016 Trosseau

Soil: Red marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: Trosseau
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Destemmed and maceration on the skins for 3 weeks in open oak vats. Careful pressing and then put into 225-liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2016.


2016 Pinot Noir

Soil: Red marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Destemmed and maceration on the skins for 2,5 weeks in open oak vats. Careful pressing and then put into 225-liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2016.


 2009 Vin Jaune

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: 60% Savagnin, 40% Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Vin Jaune du Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged under flor (no topping up around) for 7 years in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


NV Macvin Blanc

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: S0% Savagnin, 50% Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Macvin du Jura
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before blending the pure, unfermented juice with 1/3 of white marc. Then they put this drink on 225-liter old oak barrels for 2 years before bottling.