Friday, June 28, 2013

Jacques Puffeney's Cuvée Sacha: Savagnin-Chardonnay Classic Jura Style

Jacques Puffeney's extraordinary Jura white, Cuvée Sacha, blends Savagnin and Chardonnay together, aging them in foudre for 2-3 years without topping up, thus allowing the wine to develop exposed to air in his cave.

The result is classic Jura style, a powerful white that's pungent and complex as well as crisp and refreshing. Usually the Cuvée Sacha is from a particular vintage, but the current release is even more unique as the vintage for the Savagnin and Chardonnay are different. Puffeney rarely makes this kind of non-vintage version. It is packed with freshness and energy. As a friend remarked, "I am convinced that this wine will pair with ANYTHING." He's right.

I have fun testing this Jura's versatility by putting it next to dishes not easy to pair with wine. The other day I found myself at an Izakaya (Japanese pub) ordering a grilled tomato yakitori-style simply seasoned with sea salt. It was a stunning pairing. Another revelation in the Sacha's versatility and taste.

Arbois Blanc "Cuvée Sacha", Jacques Puffeney NV $30.00 (click to buy)

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