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Domaine de Montbourgeau, L'Etoile "Cuvee Speciale" Chardonnay, 2014


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From a selection of old vine Chardonnay, this is aged for extended periods in barrel without topping off (usually between 48 and 60 months). A singular, purely Jura expression of Chardonnay with sous voile aging, with sustained acidity, intense minerality and notes of beeswax and dry honey.


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Domaine de Montbourgeau was founded a century ago, in the small Jura town of L’Etoile — the star — thus named because of the prodigious amount of star-shaped fossils in the soils, formed when ancient seas dried up.

Over the decades, they’ve become known for their white wines; like the best in the region, they are complex, saline, and (mostly) oxidative, with waxy yellow fruit and tons of minerality. They mostly grow Chardonnay, with a bit of Savagnin thrown in, as well as a smattering of red grapes.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 95
"I love the lively and energetic profile of the 2014 L'Etoile Cuvée Spéciale, which is a sharper wine than the 2015 but also less developed and fresher. It feels very young and undeveloped, with bright acidity, strong minerality and a chalky texture. A brilliant Cuvée Spéciale in the making." -Luis Gutierrez


D 91
"Made mostly from Chardonnay grapes, but with a touch of Savagnin, and aged for four years under a flor-like layer of yeast. The resulting wine is oxidative in style, with nutty notes, but it’s also refined, boasting a long, airy and lifted palate." -James Lawther MW

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

L’Etoile: This cuvée is the classic white wine of Montbourgeau. It is usually bottled after 24 to 30 months of elevage in barrel. Chardonnay is the dominant grape but an occasional Savagnin vine is found within the Chardonnay plantings, an addition which adds a touch of complexity to the ultimate blend. The fermentation occurs in stainless steel but, after malolactic, the wine is racked into small barrel and demi-muids for two years. At that point, the entire production is assembled and left for several months in cuve before being bottled.


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  • Style

    Earthy , Funky , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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