Payal of Keep the Peas is hosting the French Winophiles this month as we explore the wines of the Jura region. You can read her invitation here.
If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join us for a Twitter chat. We'll be live on Saturday, August 21, at 8am Pacific time. Follow the #Winophiles hashtag and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it. Here's the group's offerings...
- Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm tempts us with Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup with a Jura Trosseau.
- Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla knocks it out of the park as always, this time with Poulet Rôti + Charles Rouget 2018 Trousseau Côtes du Jura.
- Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles tells us about A Baby Vin Jaune 15 Generations in the Making.
- Gwendolyn over on Wine Predator....Gwendolyn Alley takes us 4 Wines and 4 Dishes To Try from The Jura in The French Alps.
- Jeff from Food Wine Click! explains The Jura Beyond Vin Jaune.
- Jane at Always Ravenous leads us to "Discover Jura Wines Paired with a Cheese Plate."
- Pierre and Cynthia at Traveling Wine Profs encourages us to Open that Jura now!
- And lastly, Payal, this month’s host, at Keep the Peas has "A Day in the Life of a Jura Wine Lover."
To the Region
Just to set the scene on the Jura. It is located in Eastern France, lying approximately 50 miles east of Burgundy on the Swiss border. Its soil is predominantly limestone from the Jurassic period with a higher percentage of clay in the northern part of the region, especially around Arbois.
The Six AOCs (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) and Year Granted
- Arbois, 1936
- Château-Chalon, 1936
- Côtes du Jura, 1937
- L’Etoile, 1937
- Crémant du Jura, 1995
- Macvin du Jura, 1991
Most Common Red Varieties
- Poulsard (AKA Ploussard)
- Pinot Noir
Most Common White Varieties
- Pinot Gris (for Crémant du Jura)
In the Glass
Domaine Frédéric Lornet is a wine producer who owns and operates the Abbaye de la Boutière, a thirteenth century Cistercian abbey, in Montigny-lès-Arsures, a small village just outside Arbois in the Jura region of France, specifically in the Côtes du Jura AOC. The domaine began with Frédéric's grandfather, Eugene, who was a cooper and a grape grower. Eugene's son Roger was one of the first in the region to bottle the Arbois wines. Frédéric continues in the family tradition of grape growing and wine making.
I have poured a Trousseau Gris before - you can read about that in my post Ground Turkey and Sautéed Mizuna with Sesame Noodles + Two Shepherds 2018 Skin Fermented Trousseau Gris - and was excited to find a Trousseau as a single varietal. Indigenous to the Jura region of France, Trousseau is related to Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Savagnin. Though the story is unclear it appears that the Trousseau grapes made its way across France and landed in Portugal where it is called Bastardo where it is permitted in the production of Port. It also goes by the names: Maturana Tinta, Merenzao and Verdejo Negro.
The wine pours a pale, translucent ruby color. On the nose it had aromas of raspberries with a tinge of black pepper. On the palate the wine had a medium body with a lingering finish.
I knew that its savory notes would pair well with protein, but wanted a lighter meat than beef or pork. So paired it with a French-style roasted chicken. This is on my table at least once a week because it's so easy...and I usually get three meals from it. I vary the stuffing and flavors based on what I have on-hand.
- 4 pound whole chicken, with giblets and neck removed from cavity
- two or three lemons, halved
- one onion, halved or one head of garlic, halved
- one or two (more) heads of garlic, halved
- small bunch of herbs
- two or three carrots, sliced to the width of your roasting pan
- three to four stalks celery, sliced to the width of your roasting pan
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup wine
- freshly ground salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons freshly chopped herbs
- Also needed: 100% cotton twine; roasting pan or Dutch oven
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sliced carrots and celery in the bottom of your roasting pan or Dutch oven to create a "rack" of sorts.
Stuff the chicken cavity with halved citrus and onion or garlic. Wedge the bunch of herbs side, then truss the chicken with 100% cotton twine and place it on top of the carrot-celery rack.
Rub the chicken with the softened butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and freshly chopped herbs. Nestle the halves of the garlic around the chicken. Drizzle the olive oil and wine over the chicken.
Place the chicken, uncovered, in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Baste the chicken and return it to the oven for another 30 minutes. Baste one more time and roast it for another 20 to 30 minutes until the skin is crisped and golden brown.
Let the roasted chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Serve with a crisp green salad and a nice glass of wine.
That's a wrap for the #Winophiles Jura event. We'll be back next month as Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm leads the group in a discussion about the wines of the Côtes du Rhône. And some of us received samples of Côtes du Rhône wines from Teuwen Communications. So grateful!
That's a superb roast chicken! What a great idea with this wine. Makes us think this could be a Thanksgiving wine, too!ReplyDelete
Merci! You are totally right about being a Thanksgiving wine. Great idea!!Delete
That sounds delicious! I went looking for a Trousseau, but could not find one! So I not-so-sadly found another Savagnin to enjoy!ReplyDelete
I will have to try your chicken recipe this fall!
Yes! It's an easy recipe that I use all the time!Delete
I went with a Trosseau as well and was pleased. Your chicken is gorgeous and I can see this pairing working well.ReplyDelete
4 meals of chicken a week! my spouse would love that! we also found chicken and trousseau works wellReplyDelete
Not quite once a week, but we enjoy roast chicken very regularly - yours looks great.ReplyDelete
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