16 December 2021
Rollover Californian Pinot, Australian Chardonnay, and the host of other predictable recommendations rolled out every year as a foil for turkey. The Jura has enjoyed a growing reputation as a region producing tiny quantities of wine reminiscent of high-quality Burgundy, and makes a fabulously evocative way to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
This newfound popularity has made it close to impossible to find mature bottles, so when we were offered a small parcel of library releases from Domaine Rolet, one of the Jura’s leading organic producers, we didn’t hesitate. Founded by Désiré Rolet in 1942, this domaine has always made its wine quietly but meticulously, attracting a loyal following.
Sourced direct from the winery’s cellar, these bottles – from some of the best vintages in living memory – offer a rare glimpse of Poulsard at its peak.
Bursting with vibrant red berries and layers of savoury complexity, they are perfectly suited to the festive table, especially in magnum: we all know that big bottles taste better!
Rolet Poulsard Cuvée Spéciale 1988 (150cl) £110 Sold out
A blend of the domaine's best barrels from the elegant 1988 vintage. Generous but with laser-like focus and fine structured tannins.
Rolet Poulsard 1989 (150cl) £95 Sold out
From one of the warmest and most age-worthy vintages of recent decades. Soft and suave, with sweet red berry fruit and wood-smoked meat.
Rolet Poulsard Vieilles Vignes 1990 (150cl) £110 Sold out
From the estate’s oldest vines in a benchmark vintage. Rich and ripe, with a charming earth-and-spice character.
Rolet Poulsard Vieilles Vignes 2005 (150cl) £100 Sold out
From the estate’s oldest vines in the best vintage of the millennium so far. High-toned and floral with juicy fruit and supple tannins.
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