Vin de Paille made in the Jura is, quite easily, one of the most delicious sweet wines in the world, if not the most delicious. And it's no wonder really, considering the lengths that winemakers have to go to create this magic elixir. Vin de Paille literally translates to 'straw wine', this is a reference to the straw mats that grapes are dried on for a at least six weeks to achieve a minimum potential of 320g/L of sugar before fermentation. It doesn't stop there, the wine then has to be aged for three years before being released, 18 months of which has to be in oak.
So, as you can surely imagine, these wines are unbelievably rare. They are only able to be made in the absolute ripest vintages, and even then, the time and energy it takes to produce them is astronomical. However, the wines are so incomparable to any other sweet wine they continue to be made by the best producers whenever it is possible.
Domain Baud uses a blend of Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin to make their Vin de Paille. The grapes aren't pressed for 4-5 months (so far longer than the six week minimum) after being harvested and only 15-18% of the juice is actually able to be extracted from the dried grapes, the flavours are unbelievably concentrated. They also choose to do all 3 years of ageing in oak barrels, again far above the required minimum. The finished product is ridiculously complex, slightly smoky, candied fruits and quince. It is very sweet yet somehow still fresh.
Obviously, this wine is unbelievably rare. Only a handful of bottles were even brought into Australia. They are potentially a once in a lifetime experience so be sure to get in quick.
de Paille is made of grapes that were dried on wattles or straw. This
nectar which is generally used for celebrations should be enjoyed
1/3 Savagnin, 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Poulsard
The density of planting is about 6500 vines per hectare. The soil is mostly made of marl and limestone. Our production is based on sustainable practices so as to preserve the environment. Since 2014, our winery has been certified “Terra Vitis”.
Mix of different grape varieties which are Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin. These are usually pressed 4 to 5 months after being harvested. The juice extraction from these grapes is very concentrated and the yields are low (15 to 18%). The maturing happens in a cellar where the fermentation process is slow. The oak-aging is exactly 3 years and its alcoholic strength is about 14%.
Enjoy this mellow wine at a cold temperature (between 4 and 7°C). Flavours such as dried and candied fruits like currants, roasted or grilled food, prunes, figs, quince and dried apricots. This wine is characterized by a mellow attack and very developed and subtle flavours. Has to be served at 8°C. This very classy pre-dinner drink perfectly combines with foie gras. It can also be happily accompanied by desserts and chocolate. In the old days, this wine was offered to women giving birth in order to perk them up. Indeed, it is very sweet and energising.
The estate history dates back to 1742, when Jean-François Baud started working as a pieceworker in Le Vernois. The family house accommodated all the following generations that where already listed in the town archives before the 1789 French revolution, earning their livings from mixed farming. In 1950, René BAUD, the 7th generation, rebuilt the vineyard which had suffered from the phylloxera crisis as well as the two World Wars. At that time, 4 hectares of vines were cultivated. In 1978, the 8th generation started running the winery (Jean Michel BAUD and Alain BAUD), and gave the company a fresh boost by creating the official estate GAEC Baud Père et Fils. Thanks to their tirelessly hardworking, the vineyard was progressively extended from 4 to 20 hectares of vines. It is currently their pride, namely to have experienced 38 harvests! Jean Michel BAUD was in charge of the vineyard, as for his brother, Alain BAUD, was responsible for wine-making and trade. January 1st, 2016, is a significant turning point as the 9th Generation has taken the reins of the estate: Bastien, 23 years old, is in charge of the vineyard and the wine-making process, while Clémentine, 25 years old, is taking care of trade and management. Since their succession, the estate has grown of 3 additional hectares. So begins a new chapter..