The Jura has become a treasure trove of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them micro-domaines crafting thrilling, Burgundy-inspired whites and delicious local specialities alongside the region’s historic winemaking families. A newcomer operating under the radar, Cédric Mottet’s terroir-focused bottlings immediately caught our attention as the next must-have for Jura-philes.
After a stint in the music industry, Cédric returned home to train under Jean-Michel Petit of Domaine de la Renardière before establishing Domaine des Notes Bleues – named as a nod to his love of jazz.
In 2017, Cédric purchased a small plot of vines from elite Jura vigneron Stéphane Tissot, as well as a further 3ha of old-vine parcels around Arbois and Mesnay. Inspired by Tissot’s parcellaire approach and Petit’s quality-first, biodynamic winemaking, Cédric crafts tiny quantities of site-specific wines from organically farmed local varieties. After ageing in large Burgundy barrels, his wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Cédric’s Chardonnay ‘Le Cul du Bray’ is sourced from a 1ha parcel of 40-to-70-year-old vines at the bottom of a natural limestone amphitheatre. After fermentation in stainless steel, it is aged on its lees, and combines bright stone fruit and mineral nuances with a luxurious texture.
From 15-to-80-year-old vines in ‘Le Cul du Bray’, ‘Les Nouvelles’, ‘En Musard’, and ‘Les Sarres’, Cédric’s Savagnin is made in the ouillé (“topped up”) style. Aged for 24 months on its lees, it offers a smoky orchard fruit character alongside herbal freshness.
We are excited to be the first to offer Domaine des Notes Bleues to the UK market.
Chardonnay ‘Le Cul du Bray’ 2020 (£48) Sold out
Layered with stone fruit, hazelnut, and blossom. Creamy and complex. Drink to 2030.
Savagnin Ouillé 2020 (£48) Sold out
Pear and lemon with fresh herbs and smoky minerals. Long and tingling. Drink to 2030.
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