When the Macle estate goes green...

Jura, Château-Chalon

It even happens to big names recognized to question themselves. A pioneer in agrobiology with the precepts of the Lemaire-Boucher method applied since the 1960s, the Macle domain decided to take the step of a certification in organic that it started in 2015. The first vintage to benefit from it will therefore be 2019 .

The additions of products were already reduced to a minimum, since Laurent Macle did not use fertilizers, insecticides or fungicides for years. Only some weedkillers were applied under the row. It is not the case anymore. Plowing is done in the intercepts under the row.

To fight against fungal diseases, the estate decided to limit the doses of Bordeaux mixture against mildew and generalized the use of sulfur against powdery mildew.

In the long-standing wine range, customers have already been able to obtain a high oxidative Chardonnay under veil (2005) and even a confidential vintage of Chardonnay ouillé (2007), whereas the oxidative tradition was generalized before. (Chardonnays and Savagnins raised under veil to make the Côtes-du-Jura blend, in a usual proportion of 85% / 15%). The wines have been gaining precision for several vintages now.

Regarding the use of sulfur, the field has reduced its doses. The analysis of the last Château-Chalon reveals a free sulfur of 6 mg per liter, for a total of 34. That's what Laurent Macle told us:

"I did not put SO2 in bottling as it is a wine under veil, I put 2g / hl at the bottling for the Côtes du Jura to protect them at the bottling. SO2, but you have to be careful, and in 2009 we had a very high PH on the Côtes-du-Jura because we harvested late, and with a surely too low dose of SO2, the wine would tend to maderise. "

The wines tasted at the estate (July 2019)


Côtes-du-Jura 2014 (Chardonnay under veil)

Nice aromatic complexity, green nuts, spices, cashew. The wine is enhanced by a nice acidity. A mineral complex develops in the final.

Côtes-du-Jura 2015
This is the traditional blend of blends, Chardonnay and Savagnin in proportion of 85% / 15%. There are 3 different bottlings of this vintage.
The vintage is rich in material, opulent. The nose is malty, barley and cereals. It offers a beautiful combination of spices, curry and saffron. Long and structured palate, a wine to forget a few years for cellaring. It makes think of 2009 which is a splendid success.

Château-Chalon 2010
The nose is more discreet. It's a bit of the antithesis of 2009. In the mouth, the wine is round, mineral, very long, and tasty. Probably a fine wine of gastronomy.

Château-Chalon 2011
Vintage very successful, as will also be 2013, it is very expressive. It is more powerful on the nose, green nuts, spices. On the palate, it has a nice texture of minerality and finishes subtle and airy.

Macvin of the Jura
It is a beverage consisting of 2/3 grape juice still unfermented and 1/3 marc.
If it is not easy to place in a tasting, because of its alcoholic titration and sugar, it is nonetheless of high quality, very tasty and long. This is a bottle to taste as an aperitif or even as a compagnon with a dessert.


View towards Menétru-Le-Vignoble from belvedere of Château-Chalon