If you asked any Sommelier what makes the Jura unique, undoubtedly the first thing they will say would be Vin Jaune. Made from the indigenous Savagnin grape, this style of wine is arguably the signature of this little region found to the East of Burgundy. While these wines are sometimes likened to Fino Sherry in style, the fact is they are a category that stands alone.
In essence, these wines are aged 'sous-voille' (under a layer of yeast) in oak barrels that are not filled up to the top. This causes the wine to develop very distinctive flavours and aromas (nuts, apples even curry leaf). These are truly powerful wines that every wine lover needs to try at least once.
Domain Baud has been making wine in the Jura for 9 Generations and their Vin Jaune is the pride of their wine portfolio. It is aged for a minimum of six years and 3 months, during which time they lose a whopping 38% of the original wine. Making Vin Jaune is a labour of love, the finished product is so unique and memorable that it is well worth it. As you can imagine, only tiny quantities of this wine exist (almost half of it evaporates after all), so be sure to get some for your cellar.
is the unique grape variety and jewel in the winery. Its maximum
expression comes from our blue and grey marls. So as to produce a Vin
Jaune, the savagnin needs to be aged for a minimum of 6 years ans three
months into oak barrel. Internationally know for its aromatic bouquet,
the Vin jaune is one of the main ingredient used into gastronomic
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”.
After the manual harvest and the pressing, the fermentation happens through indigenous yeasts so as to preserve the typicality of our terroir. Then, the wine is transferred into oak barrels of 228 litres without adding anything. The wine is going to age for a minimum of six years and three months. During this time we never top up the barrels otherwise we risk breaking the veil of yeast that appears on the top of the wine. This veil protects the wine and gives it its particularities. Regarding the evaporation (38% of the amount of wine over 6 years), this phenomenon enables to concentrate the wine that can exceed 14% of alcohol.
The colour of this wine is deep yellow with golden tones. We call it “old gold”. This is a powerful and full-bodied wine developing walnuts aromas, hazelnuts, almonds and even truffle and curry that are noticeable in the palate as well. The “final”, round and well-balanced, let our mouth enjoying all the aromas found. This wine is unforgettable. It has to be brought to room temperature before serving. Moreover we advise you to open it a couple hours before the tasting.
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..