Andrew Guard

2018 Chardonnay 'Sous Roche', 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 ...Sous Roche is one of the very best climats in Château-Chalon and here we have a pure Chardonnay hewn from it's immense terroir, this is a wine deeply pitched and sombre for now but will develop over time into a complex masterpiec of the variety and the region. Chapeau François

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..