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Château Chalon & Vin Jaune
The ancient "Yellow Wine" of the Jura
Château Chalon is the oldest and most famous of the 6 Jura AOCs. This single hilltop of just 50 hectares
is home to the extraordinary Vin Jaune ("Yellow wine"), made from the Savagnin varietal. The grapes are
harvested late and then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 6 years and 3 months (although some
producers age their Vin Jaune for up to 10 years in barrel). The slightly porous oak barrels are, by design,
not completely airtight, and a considerable portion - nearly 40% - of the wine therefore evaporates over
the years (the so-called "angels share). No topping up is done. A thick layer of flor yeast, looking like a
white foam, develops on the surface of the wine and helps prevent excessive oxidation. This aging
method, similar to that used for fino sherry in Spain, but in France specific to the Jura, allows the wine to
acquire its distinct flavours, characteristic of walnut, almond, spice and apple, before release. This
remarkable dry wine, at its best immensely complex and very aromatic, is best appreciated after at least
10-15 years in bottle and has the ability, in good vintages, to age for a century or more.

This unique wine is bottled in a unique bottle, squat with a deep punt, called a "clavelin". Each clavelin
has a capacity of 62cl (0.62 litres) - based on the fact that for every litre of newly made wine put into
barrel, just 62 centilitres is left after nearly six and a half years of ageing. Vin Jaune is the only wine
allowed to be sold in France in a bottle of this capacity. The wines of Château Chalon are distinguished by
an additional escutcheon at the base of the neck.

Only Vin Jaunes are entitled to the appelation Château Chalon (ie all Château Chalons are Vin Jaunes), but
Vin Jaunes are also made in all three of the other Jura AOCs, Arbois, Côtes du Jura and l'Etoile.
Some previously sold bottles of Château Chalon & Vin Jaune:
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Château-Chalon Bourdy 1895

Exceptionnal bottle of Château-Chalon coming directly from Bourdy family reserve
(we have an exclusive agreement with Jean-Francois Bourdy himself). Last vintage
before phylloxera (which arrived later in the Jura than elsewhere in France).


"his 1895 Château–Chalon is nothing less than astonishing" - Wine and Spirits

"A cerebral, captivating, astonishing experience that eclipses any dry example of
Burgundy, Bordeaux or other from the same era" - Jon Rimmerman


Contact us for pricing and ordering details
Vin Jaune Château d'Arlay 1929

A very rare bottle from this great estate. 1929 was one of the three or four greatest
vintages of the 20th century in the Jura.
Chateau Chalon and Cotes du Jura
Blanc d'Arlay (Cotes du Jura) 1911 - Caves Bourdy

Produced from chardonnay, not savagnin.
Chateau Chalon and Cotes du Jura
Chateau Chalon and Cotes du Jura
Château-Chalon 1865 - Caves Bourdy

One of the greatest 19th century vintages.
Chateau Chalon and Cotes du Jura
Chateau Chalon and Cotes du Jura
Château-Chalon 1895 - Caves Bourdy

Last vintage before phylloxera (which arrived later in the Jura than elsewhere in France).
Marc du Jura
The third great eau-de-vie of France

The marcs made from the grapes of Château-Chalon have been famous for centuries, Marc du Jura is usually spoken off as one
of the three greatest eaux de vies made in France, alongside Cognac and Armagnac. Because of the tremendous acidity of the
grapes, they have, in the same way as do the wines of Château-Chalon, an incredible lifespan, with the ability to age almost
indefinitely. The brandy is crisper and spicier than Cognac or Armagnac, quite unique in taste, with tremendous focus and
finesse. If you research Marc du Jura in the literature or on the net, you will find lots of references to its superb quality, and also
lots of references to the fact that this brandy needs to age for 40 or 50 years to mature properly. But what you will not find
anywhere, is any actual examples of old Marc du Jura for sale, not even bottles 10 or 15 years old. The reasons for this are  
twofold - these brandies are made in tiny quantities, and mostly drunk in the region, and secondly, the peculiar excise duty in
the region makes it generally uneconomical to offer very old examples for sale.

We are very pleased therefore to be able to offer with the agreement of Jean-Francois Bourdy a very limited number of superb
old marcs from his private family reserve. These are in some cases literally unique bottles, not available anywhere else, each one
a major rarity. As far as we have been able to discover not one bottle of marc du Jura from the 1950's or earlier has appeared on
the international auction market for at least the last 30 years. Please visit
Château Chalon Online.
Some previously sold vintage bottles of Marc du Jura:
Vieux Marc du Jura 1898 - Caves Bourdy
Marc du Jura 1934
Marc de Franche-Comté 1934 - Caves Bourdy
Château-Chalon vintages 1895-1959

1895: Hot, dry year. Grapes harvested from October 14. Small harvest, the last before phylloxera. Exceptional year.
1915: Storms and hail. Low yields (15h1/ha). Great year.
1921: Dry and beautiful spring. Very healthy vines. Very hot summer. Low yield (20 hl/ha). Exceptional year
1926: Rather hot and dry. Great year.
1929: Very cold winter. Beautiful spring. Beautiful summer. High yields. Very great year.
1934: Mild climate generally, but hail on June 3. Good yield. Exceptional year
1935: Some hail, but good yields. Otherwise good weather. Exceptional year
1937: Rainy winter and spring. But dry summer. Many diseases on the vine. Low yields. Very great year.
1938: Very severe frost in April. Mildew. Low yields. Average year.
1942: Much snow in spring. Severe frosts in May. Then very dry and hot. Average yields. Very great year.
1943: Beautiful spring. Very dry and hot thereafter. Good yields. Great year
1945: Superb and dry spring. Very dry in summer. Very early grape harvest. Good yields. Very great year.
1946: Very dry spring. Then cold and rain, especially in August. Good yields. Great year.
1947: Very cold and dry in spring. Then hot with very little rain. Early grape harvest. Good yields. Exceptional year.
1948: Much rain. But hot in Autumn. Good year.
1949: Cold spring. Then largely dry. Average yields. Very great year .
1950: Very uneven weather, first very dry, then excessive rain. Very large yields, many vine growers do not manage to harvest
everything successfully. Good year.
1951: Unhappy year. Hard frost on April 30. Mildew. Poor year, except in Château-Chalon.
1952: Early harvest. Very hot in summer. Rainy autumn. Low yields. Good year, very good in Château-Chalon.
1953: Very severe frost on May 11. Then good weather. Low yields. Very great year.
1954: Cold spring until the end of May. Rainy and cold September. Low yields, high acidity in the grapes. Average year.
1955: Rain in winter, dry spring. Normal summer. High yields. Very great year.
1956: Winter and spring both very cold . Rain in summer and autumn. Small outputs. Average year. No AOC Château-Chalon.
1957: Early spring. But freezing on May 5 and cold thereafter. Very wet summer, then dry. Low yields. Great year.
1958: Cold and snow until April, then very hot. Terrible hail mid-May. Hot summer. Hail mid-August. Low yields. Good year.
1959: Mild spring. Then dry from May to September. Large harvest. Very great year.
Vin Jaune d'Arlay 1804

This incredibly rare and unique half-bottle originally comes from the cellar of the Brussels'
Palais Royal which was rebuilt by the king of the Netherlands Guillaume 1er (1772-1843).
The bottle was then offered by the king Leopold II (1865-1909) to the Baron Empain
(1852-1929) and then bought by a collector during the sale of Empain's succession.
Vieux Marc du Jura 1868 - Caves Bourdy

The oldest Marc du Jura. With original cellar tag, direct ex domaine from the family’s
private reserve. Recorked and resealed at the domaine.
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Château-Chalon Bourdy 1895

Exceptionnal bottle of Château-Chalon coming directly from Bourdy family reserve
(we have an exclusive agreement with Jean-Francois Bourdy himself). Last vintage
before phylloxera (which arrived later in the Jura than elsewhere in France).

"his 1895 Château–Chalon is nothing less than astonishing" - Wine and Spirits

"A cerebral, captivating, astonishing experience that eclipses any dry example of
Burgundy, Bordeaux or other from the same era" - Jon Rimmerman

Contact us for pricing and ordering details