The grape varieties

It is a remarkable fact that at the end of the 19th century, the Jura had over 40 distinct grape varieties spread out across its 20 000 hectares. The arrival of Phylloxera, progressive selection and the Appellation decrees of 1936 and 1937 reduced this number to a mere five.

This means that our vines, on average 25 years old, are composed of the varieties Chardonnay and Savagnin for the white grapes, and Ploussard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir for the red grapes.

Ploussard
⇒ 4,50 ha on our domaine
These oval, thin skinned grapes are juicy and form in bunches that are loosely constructed. The leaves are large and well lobed, light green in colour with long tendrils. This plant does not like late frosts. It is the perfect adaptation of this variety to its environment, and its originality, that has won for Pupillin, in the heart of the Jura wine region, the title of the “World Capital of Ploussard”.

Trousseau
4 ha on our domaine
It is a variety that is rare because it is very difficult to cultivate. It represents only 8% of the grapes grown in the Jura wine region. The grapes are black and plump; its rounded leaves turn reddish in autumn.

Pinot
3,50 ha on our domaine
It has a thick, darkly coloured skin which gives a lot of colour to the wine ; small leaves and very tight bunches of grapes.

Chardonnay
9 ha on our domaine
This white grape variety is the most widespread in the eastern vineyards. The round, rather small grapes are golden yellow and juicy, very sweet, fine skinned but resistant, they form in tight bunches. The leaves are slightly lobed and pale green.

Savagnin
⇒ 4 ha on our domaine
Round, plump and crisp, these grapes have a fine and delicate flavour, a thick skin, and take on a golden colour as the season advances. Bunches are small and tight. The leaves are medium sized, dark green but pale on the underside, which is covered with a light down.