Domaine Pierre Richard

(Jura, France) 

The estate has its roots beginning in 1919 when Xavier Richard purchased the adjacent properties from his neighbors, but it wasn't until his son Jean Richard took over did they begin concentrating on wine. In fact, by 1947 the domaine cultivated a local reputation in the area for its wines and by 1976, Pierre Richard continued the family tradition extending the property to Mantry where a former hill of vines has been reclaimed. Situated in the heart of the Jura, between Seille River and Lons le Saunier, the soils are perfect for white wine making and the vineyard plots have names that reflect on their past uses: "Les Charmes", "La Croix du Gyps" ... etc. But the domaine is small, encompassing only 9 hectares between the communes of Le Vernois, Voiteur and Mantry. After studying viticulture and oenology at Beaune, taking jobs in vineyards of St. Emilion and Cotes de Provence, Vincent returned to take over the family domaine in 2009 and follows in a long tradition of organic practices in the making of his wines.  

Crémant du Jura, Rosé Brut, "Perles d'automne"

100% Pinot Noir

The vines are grown on gravely-marl soils, hand-harvested only and with primary fermentation occurring in stainless steel tanks. The blending and bottling are done during the following year's harvest. Aged for a minimum of 18 months on lees in the bottle before disgorgement. 


Crémant du Jura, Blanc Brut, "Harmonie"

100% Chardonnay

Vines are grown on clay and limestone soils and are hand-harvested only. Primary fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks. The blending and bottling is done during the following year's harvest. Aged between 24-36 months on lees before bottling and disgorgement. 


Crémant du Jura, Millesime

95% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir

From 20-25 year old vines grown on clay-limestone soils with grey and blue marl mixed in. Hand-harvested only with primary fermentation with indigenous yeasts taking place in stainless steel tank for 15 days. Blending and bottling occurs during the following year's harvest. Aged for a minimum of 48 months on lees before bottling and disgorgement.  


Côtes du Jura, Poulsard

100% Poulsard

Grown on clay and marl soils, these low yeilding 25 year old vines are selectively hand-harvested and allowed to macerate for 10 days, followed by 12 months in stainless steel giving aromas of wild sloe, fresh strawberries with underlying animalistic aromas.


Côtes du Jura, Trousseau

100% Trousseau

Predominently grown on gravely soils, these 25 year old vines are undergo selective harvesting before being macerated for 2 weeks. Fermentation and aging takes place in stainless steel vats for 18 months produces morello cherry, blackberry and spiced aromas.


Vin Jaune (8 x 375mL)

Grown on grey and blue marl soils, the vines average around 40 years and are situated on the best site. Selectively hand-harvested followed by typical winemaking techniques before the wine is aged "sous voile" in oak barrels for six-years-and-three-months. The result is a bouquet of fresh walnuts and grilled almonds, dried fruits, a dash of nutmeg, clove and pepper spice to wrap up the complex finish.