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  • Pignier A Table Avec Leandre 2020

    £43.95

    “The back label of the current 2020 A Table Avec Léandre now mentions 14 old varieties (it used to be 11) all picked and fermented together with indigenous yeasts in a concrete egg, where it matured for 14 months. It’s surprisingly creamy, like it had aged in barrel and even gone through malolactic in wood, but that wasn’t the case. It’s ripe despite keeping the alcohol level around the usual 13% and quite primary and fruit driven and with some earthy, slightly dusty tannins. Better with some more time in bottle and with food. Drink: 2024-2028. 91 points

    I didn’t have the chance to visit Domaine Pignier this time, but I found two vintages of their most characterful red to taste…”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/23)

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  • Pignier Cellier des Chartreux Chardonnay 2019

    £49.95

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  • Pignier Chardonnay de la Reculee 2020

    £41.95

    ““Our family bought the property seven generations ago at the time of the French revolution,” explained Marie-Florence Pignier as we were descending into their cellar. “It was part of the old Cartesian monastery, which had a wine vocation.” Indeed, the vaulted ceiling above their old casks of white wine is reminiscent of a gothic cathedral and the cellar is certainly one of the most magnificent of its ilk in all of the Jura.

    Fortunately for collectors, the wines produced here are worthy of the awesome site. Organic since 1995 and certified biodynamic in 2006 by Demeter, the estate, says Pignier, “tries to use only wild yeasts, and as little sulfur as possible. Sometimes none.” In particular, the Poulsard is often best with no sulfur, even though it sometimes has only 11% alcohol at harvest and is not chaptalized. There will not be much of it this year, though, for they “lost almost everything to the fruit flies” [the Drosophila suzukii that punctured the grape skins in so many vineyards in Europe from eastern France to Austria].

    Even in a good years, they made only 60,000 bottles from their fifteen hectares of vineyard in Montaigu. As 2013 and 2012 were also short crops, almost everything here is now on allocation.”

    Joel Payne, Vinous (06/15)

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  • Pignier Cremant du Jura L’Autre Brut 2019

    £37.95

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  • Pignier Gamay Blanc 2019

    £44.95

    “Pignier has been certified organic and biodynamic with Demeter for 18 years. They produce a full range of Jura wines in a natural yet precise way, showing elegance and purity, some might even say they sometimes feel too perfect. They work 15 hectares of Côtes du Jura vineyards in their village of Montaigu in the south of the Jura. In 2017 they had a lot of frost, and many wines were not produced as they lost 60% of the harvest. They sell some 56,000 bottles per vintage.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (12/17)

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  • Pignier Trousseau 2022

    £49.95

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  • Pignier Trousseau Les Gauthieres 2018

    £54.95

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  • Pignier Vin de Paille 2012 (375ml)

    £54.95

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  • Renardat-Fache Bugey Cerdon 2022

    £29.95

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  • Jacques Puffeney Vin Jaune 2011 (620ml)

    £159.95

    “The style of the 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune from Puffeney is usually the powerful and concentrated style found around Arbois, aged in a warm and dry cellar that provokes a higher evaporation and thus concentration of the wine. This 2011 was released in 2018 (and it’s being offered again now), but I have not yet seen the 2012. I intended to uncork a bottle of the 2010 to report on it, but I couldn’t locate it in the mess of my cellar. But I found this 2011 and decided to share it with some friends along with some 42-month aged Comté cheese. I was very surprised at how elegant and subtle this is. It has a wonderfully tender and delicate nose, and then the palate is an explosion of flavors and has more clout and power than what the nose points out. This is one of the wines that made me decide I found 2011 to be a great vintage for vin jaune, better than 2010 in the cases where I also tasted the 2010. This is a great legacy from Monsieur Puffeney, and I’d stock a few (more) bottles in the corner of my cellar. If kept properly, this has all that it needs to develop for 50 years in bottle. Epic! Drink: 2019-2050. 98 points

    Even after retirement, some homeopathic quantities of wines from Puffeney keep arriving in some markets. I had the luck to catch two of them…”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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