Close-up of Champ Divin Cuvee Castor 2018 wine label

Champ Divin Cuvee Castor 2018

  • ABV:: 13.5%
  • MADE FROM:: Chardonnay, Savagnin
  • HAiLS FROM:: Jura, France
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ABOUT: Champ Divin (translates to divine field) is a winery in the Jura region of France, operated by husband and wife Fabrice and Valerie Closset-Gaziaux. After working wine in South Africa and the Loire Valley they purchased a 5 hectare estate in the limestone-laced south Revermont region of the Jura. They have 2 hectares of Pinot Noir, 2 hectares of Chardonnay, and 1 of Savagnin. The majority of their juice goes into making Cremant de Jura, with some incredible still wines filling out the lineup. We’re partial to the Cuvee Castor which is made in the non-oxidative style (topped up, little exposure to oxygen). Only in the Jura do you have to make this qualification; most still whites are oxidative. Their vineyard is certified both organic and biodynamic and they limit their sulphur use and keep bees. Champ Divin wines are so good they must be seized upon when they show up. We did, you should too.

TASTE: This bright, vibrant white wine is made from 50% Chardonnay grown in crusty limestone and 50% Savagnin grown in marly soil. Made in a non-oxidative style, the emphasis is placed squarely on freshness and bounce. Flavors and aromas of peaches, lemons, apples, citronella, citrus peel, baking spices, cedar and salt. Very pure and rich, Burgundian in style, with a shot of acidity that will lead to long development. This is not unlike a very high quality Chardonnay from Beaune, but with a much more attractive price.

PAIR: Garlic ginger vegetable stir-fry, brown butter mushroom sage risotto, polenta with creamy goat cheese and basil, and sour cream and onion popcorn.