Marnes blanches

Domaine des Marnes Blanches, Sainte Agnès

Géraud and Pauline Fromont 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.


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 Crémant du Jura

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from ‘Les Molates’ vineyard, Sainte Agnès.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1983
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing over the winter in old oak. In April 2017 it was put into bottle for a second fermentation, and then aged on the lees for 18 months before disgorgement. 4 grams dosage.


2015 Crémant Résérve du Jura

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from ‘Les Molates’ vineyard, Sainte Agnès.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1983
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing over the winter in old oak. In April 2016 it was put into bottle for a second fermentation, and then aged on the lees for 24 months before disgorgement. 4 grams dosage.


2018 Chardonnay ’Les Molates’

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from Sainte Agnès.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1982
Yields: 5 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation, followed by ageing 11 months in 225 liter old oak barrels, before bottling.


2018 Chardonnay ‘En Quatre Vis’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from Cesancey.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1943-2011
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation, followed by ageing 11 months in 225 liter old oak barrels, before bottling. No sulphur added.


2016 Chardonnay ’En Levrette’

Soil: Limestone with high content of fossil, from Vincelles.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1963
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 ’Les Normins’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from Vincelles.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1958
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 23 months in 225 liter old oak barrels before bottling. No sulphur added.


2018 Savagnin ’Les Molates’

Soil: Red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from Sainte Agnes.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1995
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

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


2018 Savagnin ’En Quatre Vis’

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil, from Cesancey vineyard.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1958
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and then aged for 11 months in 225-liter old oak barrels, before bottling. No sulphur added.


2017 Savagnin ‘Aux Bois’

Soil: Limestone with high content of fossil, from Vincelles.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines
: planted 2012
Yields: 20 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation, followed by ageing 22 months in 225 liter old oak barrels, before bottling. No sulphur added.


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 Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1962
Yields: 20 hl/ha

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


2015 Savagnin ‘Emprinte’

Soil: White, red and brown marl with a limestone topsoil, from all 3 villages
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1958-1995
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and ageing 48 months on barrels without topping up to receive the traditional, oxidized style. No sulphur added.


2018 Poulsard

Soil: Red and white marl with limestone topsoil, from Vincelles and Sainte Agnès.
Grape: Poulsard
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1978
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: 100% whole bunch fermentation for 10 days in stainless steel tanks. Careful pressing and then put into 225 liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2019. No sulphur added.


2018 Trosseau

Soil:Red and white marl, with limestone topsoil, from Vincelles and Cesancey
Grape: Trosseau
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1973-2015
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 10 days in stainless steel tanks. Careful pressing and then put into 225 liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2019. No sulphur added.


2018 Pinot Noir

Soil: Red marl with a limestone topsoil, from Cesansey
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1983
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 8 days in stainless steel tanks. Careful pressing and then put into 225 liter old oak barrels for ageing. Bottled in August 2019. No sulphur added.


 2012 Vin Jaune

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Vin Jaune du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1958
Yields: 25 hl/ ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and then ageing under flor (no topping up around) for 7 years in 225 liter old oak barrels, before bottling. No sulphur added.


NV Macvin Blanc

Soil: White marl with a limestone topsoil.
Grape: 50% Savagnin, 50% Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Macvin du Jura
Age of Vines: planted 1958
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.