The 2015 Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay is another incredibly long and complex wine from Domaine Overnoy. Aged for three years in barrel, the sweet heady fruit gives way to the nutty, delicate, oxidised tones that Jura is famous for. The palate is beautifully harmonious – balancing a real vibrancy with some lovely saline notes.
One of the confusing and intriguing things about Jura wines is the technique of sous-voile, or under-the-veil wine making. The barrels are not entirely filled to begin with, and then are not topped up as the wine evaporates and seeps into the wood. A beneficial layer of yeast (the veil) is encouraged, somewhat akin to the flor in Sherry. In the hands of a good producer, like Overnoy, sous-voile wines are incredibly complex and incredible at the table.