Andrew Guard

2018 Chardonnay 'Croix Sarrant', François Rousset-Martin

François Rousset-Martin took over the family estate of Névy sur Seille (a stone's throw from Château-Chalon) in 2007, after studies in oenology and biology. He left the local co-operative completely in 2018 and works his ten hectares very naturally and vinifies all his plots separately. No intrants the cellar, and since 2015, no addition of sulfur either. His wines are of impressive purity, with superb quality of fruit and exemplary balance ... These are natural, timeless wines, which will age wonderfully. This Croix Sarrant Chardonnay is splendid, intense, precise, along the lines of classic Burgundy

As a wine importer one is always on the lookout for new talent, the next big thing that we can introduce to our customers. Having recently tasted the superb wines of François Rousset of Domaine Rousset-Martin in Paris at Frenchie and Clamato I immediately thought to contact them to see if we could work together. My Jura list is already pretty amazing, I am lucky to work with Overnoy/Houillon, Jean-François Ganevat and Domaine Labet, anything additional would have to be great right ? Well these are, they are wonderful Jura wines in every way.

François's goal is to better know and understand the superb terroirs in which he is invested. He has an exciting new project near the town of Baume-les Messieurs where he has plantings of young vines, it will be exciting to follow the potential as they age. Perhaps most exciting though is his focus on making ouillé or topped-up wines within the Château Chalon appellation, labeled as Côtes du Jura!

These are captivating and contemplative wines from a producer to follow very closely..