Château-Chalon 2002 Domaine Berthet-Bondet (620ml)
Château-Chalon is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée for wines made in the Jura wine region of France, around the village of Château-Chalon. Only white wines from the Savagnin grape made in the vin jaune ("yellow wine") style can be made using this appellation. It is bottled in clavelin,the traditional bottle of a peculiar shape with a capacity of 62 cl.
Made strictly in accordance with tradition from the Savagnin grape, the wine is kept in the barrel for 6 years under it's protective yeast layer. It fully expresses the character and subtlety of this grand "terroir". Those tasting this wine are often surprised by it's long lasting finish, a taste somewhat similar to Fino sherry, as well as the richness of it's aroma. It should be kept for 10 years before it really reaches it's peak.
Vin jaune should not be chilled but served just cool. Decanting can be beneficial and gives the wine time to breathe.
The classic dish for vin jaune is poulet de Bresse à la crème aux morilles. Alternatively, anything with mushrooms dominant works well, the wine is brilliant with risottos, curries and strong hard cheese, especially Comté.