Coming from a predominantly limestone terroir, "Jurassique" is vinified in used barrels (228-liter and 400-liter) and aged in a combination of foudre and 228L used barrels for 9-12 months. Jean-Michel intends this cuvée to show off the three different terroirs of Chardonnay that he has planted, each a soil from a unique geological Jurassic period. Despite it being the youngest Chardonnay vines planted at Domaine de la Renardière they are still around 20 years of age.
Chardonnay Les Vianderies Vieilles Vignes
Made entirely from old-vine Chardonnay (the oldest Jean-Michel has planted) grown in a gravelly vineyard with marl below, it is aged in a combination of 500-liter and 228-liter barrels for around 20 months.
Savagnin Ouille `Les Terraces`
Savagnin made in a non-oxidative style from a steep south-facing terraced plot. The terroir is most gray marl and usually yields the ripest Savagnin that Jean-Michel harvests every year. It ages for 12 months in barrel with no racking.
Ploussard from 30 year old vines planted in clay-calcareous marl based soils. Both the fermentation and maceration are done in steel. The wine is aged in barrels for 12 months and bottled without the addition of sulfites.
Trousseau from 15 year old vines planted in clay-limestone based soils with marl outcroppings. Both the fermentation and maceration are identical to the Ploussard, in that they are both done in steel, with the only exception being a slightly longer maceration for Trousseau. The wine is aged in barrels for 18 months.