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Jura grape variety famous for the Vin Jaune


Also known as Naturé, Païen, Traminer, this grape variety enjoys the cool climates of Central Europe, but it is in the Jura that it produces its best known wines. It is harvested a fortnight after the other grape varieties and so is harvested at a late maturity. It is mandatory in the vinification of the unique Vin Jaune, a typical Jura wine. A very singular wine available in 4 different appellations (Arbois, Côtes du Jura, L'Étoile, Château Chalon) and the result of a long ageing process under a layer of yeast, which gives the wine its unique character. It can also be vinified in a more classical way to produce a dry white wine that is fleshy, fine and powerful enough to accompany spicy dishes. Savagnin offers great wines for cellaring with heady aromas.

In France and all over the world

By type of wine: White and Vin Jaune!

Vins blanc sec savagnin

Arbois, Côtes du Jura, L'Étoile, Château Chalon

Vin Jaune savagnin

Arbois, Côtes du Jura, L'Étoile, Château Chalon

In the glass

Vin blanc sec savagnin

dry whites

Blended or not with other grape varieties, such as Chardonnay (vin de paille, macvin du Jura, Crémant du Jura), it is recognisable by its distinctive aromas of dried fruit (walnut, hazelnut, almond), sweet spices, apple and buttery nuances.


A wine with a strong personality, you either like it or you don't. Vin Jaune is an oxidative type, vinified in contact with air. Its colour is tinted, with golden and amber tones linked to long ageing (at least 6 years and 3 months). Marked by powerful aromatic notes of dried fruits (especially nuts), roasted, but also apple, curry, coffee, and various spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves...).

Savagnin at the table

Vin blanc sec savagnin

dry whites

Spicy dishes of Indian cuisine (curry, tandoori, tikka masala, affinity with nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon...) White meat with mushrooms, fish in sauce. Comté cheese.

vins Jaune savagnin


Poultry in sauce (curry), wild mushrooms (morels), fish in strong sauces. Pressed cheeses: Comté, Beaufort, Abondance, Gruyère.



What's is Vin Jaune, yellow wine?

Nicknamed "l'Or du Jura", "Gold from Jura" this dry wine is made exclusively from a single local grape variety, the Savagnin. The AOC is divided into 4 origins: Arbois, Côtes du Jura, Château-Chalon and l'Etoile. The colour of Vin Jaune owes its distinctiveness to its unique winemaking process. Kept for six years and three months in oak barrels which are not topped up, as they are with most wines, so an air gap appears above the wine due to evaporation. A film of yeast forms on the surface of the wine, protecting it from oxidation. This maturing process gives the famous character of the wine. The formation of the yeast layer causes the transformation of ethanol into ethenal, releasing aromas of apple and fresh nuts. The complexity of the aromas occurs during ageing, with the appearance of the sotolon. This very powerful aromatic compound reveals the nutty notes so characteristic of Vin Jaune. Once bottled in a bottle called a clavelin, the level of sotolon continues to change during ageing, making it a wine for long cellaring. Every first Saturday of February since 1996, a wine festival has been held to honour the subtlety and complexity of the aromas of this precious golden nectar.

Also called depending on the region Naturé, Païen, Traminer.

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