Fabrice Dodane in the vineyards, 2018 (Photo: E. Lillie)

It's been a while! Domaine de Saint Pierre and Patrice Beguet - Wines from the Jura and beyond!

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Every year, we receive inquiries about Fabrice Dodane's wines from Domaine de Saint Pierre and the wines of Patrice Beguet, both winemakers who farm vines (against all odds) in the Jura region. As timing would have it, we recently received some wines from both of these producers after several years with nothing to offer. 2021 was extremely limited for the Jura harvest, so none of the scant amount of wine Fabrice made even reached the US, and Patrice mostly worked with fruit from other parts of the country in an effort to keep his relatively new estate running. That said, 2022 finally gave some of our friends in the Jura a decent harvest (which ends up seeming amazing relative to their typical yields) and both Fabrice and Patrice have aged wines from previous vintages, not only to see the wines develop, but we imagine in order to also have some wine to sell each year, a form of safeguard against the unpredictability of each harvest.  

Domaine de Saint-Pierre began in the 1980s when the late Philippe Moyne left his law practice to replant a few hectares of vines in the storied villages of Vadans and Saint Pierre in Arbois. Early on, Fabrice, who studied viticulture in Beaune, was hired as Moyne's vineyard manager. By 2008 he had converted the entire estate to certified organic viticulture and since taking over the estate in 2012, he has continued to move the estate towards a more natural approach. The estate covers approximately 6 hectares in the Arbois and Côtes du Jura AOCs with the vines planted in limestone and marl soils. All wines are fermented with native yeasts either in tank or neutral barriques. Due to challenges with yields in recent years (basically unabated since 2017), Fabrice came to the realization that he could not afford to pursue sous-voile winemaking to the degree that he originally did in the earlier days after taking over the estate. His "entry-level" sous-voile whites were aged for at least 4 years, and without consistent yields, he mostly had to abandon the sous-voile aging, and work mostly in topped-up, "ouille" approach, albeit with long barrel aging as his compromise.

** Though we have not tasted these new arrivals, please scroll to the end of the email for some very thoughtful and informative notes from Mike Foulk, one part of MFW, Fabrice's US importer.

Patrice Beguet started his domaine, called Hughes-Beguet, in 2009. He has about four hectares of vineyards, mostly planted to Poulsard and Savagnin, with a small amount of Trousseau. He has very clear vision and intention about his wines, and has worked diligently to make wines without any added sulfites that are fresh and incredibly drinkable on opening. This has led to a technique of blending and bottling all in the same day to minimize exposure to oxygen, and though some of his wines can be fragile three or four hours after opening, they are all consistently energetic, compelling, and clean when opened. Also facing the challenges of limited yields in the Jura, Patrice has been an engaged member of a collective that connects organic grower-producers in different regions of France, in an effort to create a network of like-minded winemakers who can source negociant fruit (grapes sourced from other growers and purchased, as opposed to estate-grown fruit). He works with folks in Provence, Alsace, Bugey, Loire Valley, and beyond, and always trys to work in some of his Jura fruit to his Fresh Impression and Go Together wines. We've been thoroughly impressed with his attention to detail and his intention with each bottling, and are happy to have a fun line-up showcasing everything he's been up to in recent years!

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As we have seen in recent years, especially due to limited yields leading up to 2021, and including the dismal yields of 2021, many producers have had to raise prices due to sheer decrease in output and the recent increases in production costs. Though we are unable to offer prices we hovered around 5 years ago for these wines, we understand that some of our readers may feel priced out of a world of wines they used to be able to afford.. With this in mind, we will offer the following:

10% discount on any purchase of 6 bottles or more from today's offer, through tomorrow, Wednesday 11/29

Please note that discount will not be displayed at checkout or on your web-order confirmation, but it WILL be applied to the order once it is placed !

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** Notes from Mike Foulk of MFW on current releases from Domaine de Saint Pierre:

"In general, Fabrice was very happy with 2022, not just because it was an abundant vintage (Fabrice told me that it was the best he has ever had), but because the quality was superb. When we first began working with Fabrice eleven years ago, his reds were more extracted and tannic than they are today, with appreciable reduction. Petit Curoulet was one of the first cuvées that he began to change his style with, and since 2012, the reds have become more ethereal and nuanced. 2022 may arguably be his best red vintage yet! The reds are vinified via partial carbonic in stainless steel tank. 

For the whites, Fabrice has decided to work more and more in the ouillé style (especially given the challenges with vintages in the Jura in recent years), and he's particularly interested in longer élevage for his whites. The Château Renard is from a parcel of Chardonnay planted in 1985 on limestone and clay soils. The wine is aged 22 months in a mix of 500L and 600L barrels. Les Dalles is a mixed-variety parcel, though the grape varieties change with soil, in this case it's Melon à Queue Rouge planted in 2017 on limestone with white marl soils. Les Burlées is a great opportunity to compare how the wines from this Chardonnay parcel reflect longer élevage, as the vintages were bottled at the same time, with the 2018 seeing longer time in used 500L barrel. These vines were planted in 1985 on chalk and clay."  - Thanks Mike!

Saint Pierre 2020 Arbois Les Brulees (Chardonnay)

"Les Brûlées" comes from Fabrice Dodane's vineyard planted on a hill rich with limestone near his cellar in Mathenay. The palate of the wine is dense and textured with powerful mineral acidity that finishes with a lingering salty nuttiness. An expressive wine that is drinking well now but should continue to evolve over the next decade. -AB

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  • $179.99

Saint Pierre 2020 Arbois Les Dalles (Melon Queue Rouge)

Les Dalles is a mixed-variety parcel, though the grape varieties change with soil, in this case it's Melon à Queue Rouge planted in 2017 on limestone with white marl soils. There has been an ongoing geeky debate about whether or not Melon à Queue Rouge is just a synonym for Chardonnay, or an ancient and distinct variety. We're going with the happy medium of "it's most likely an ancient strain of Chardonnay" that might be an old mutation, but is clearly similar! Fabrice has worked with the grape for many vintages and his are probably the most memorable MQR wines we've tried over the years.

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  • $79.99

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Beguet, Patrice 2021 Les Vins de L'Ame Ours VDF Fresh Impression Blanc

A blend in the "Big Bunch Theory" series, which connects like-minded small grower-producers in France, Fresh Impression 2021 is a delightful natural wine with intense energy and freshness. 30% Gewurztraminer from Domaine Humbrecht in Alsace, 30% Grenache Blanc and 30% Vermentino from Claude Ughetto in the Var (north of Bandol/Provence), and 10% Chardonnay and Savagnin from Patrice Beguet's vines in the Jura. Each grape plays its part, with none stealing the show. The Gewurtz is more about acid and lift than aromatics, as the wine is not dominated by floral aromas in any way (always a possibility when working with aromatic varieties like Muscat or Gewurztraminer). Most of the grapes are pressed directly, with 20% seeing a short maceration with skins. Fermentation is in stainless steel at low temperature and the wine is fermented, aged and bottled without any added SO2. The zippiness and precision of the wine is a testament to Patrice's vision and focused approach. We will note that the careful, almost entirely oxygen-free winemaking results in a remarkably living and energetic wine that will begin to become more muddled on the palate after 4-5 hours open, so drink it with friends over the course of 1-2 hours for peak enjoyment.

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  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

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Beguet, Patrice 2021 Les Vins de L'Ame Ours VDF Fresh Impression Rouge

2021 was a tough year for red grapes in the Jura... in fact it was just a tough year for grape-growing in general in the area! Luckily, Patrice Beguet was able to access fruit from organic grower-producers in other parts of France, through a collective that he is a part of. The yummy 2021 Fresh Impression Rouge is a blend of 60% Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache from Claude Ughetto in the Var (north of Bandol/Provence), and 20% Gamay from Domaine Trichon in the Bugey. Like the Fresh Impression white, Patrice employed direct press for the majority of the fruit (albeit red grapes in this case), with just 20% of the grapes going through a short maceration. The result is an extremely light and acid-driven, thirst-quenching "red" that begs for a chill.


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Saint Pierre 2020 Arbois Chateau Renard (Chardonnay)

Château Renard is from a parcel of Chardonnay planted in 1985 on limestone and clay soils. The wine is aged 22 months in a mix of 500L and 600L barrels and is made in the topped-up, or ouillé, style of winemaking. On the nose it is crisp and clean with delicate aromas of apricot, lime flower, almond skin, and tropical mango. The palate is much more intense with luscious, juicy green apple, cashew, sea salt, and tangy minerals. Long, textured, and a hint nutty on the finish, this would be perfect pairing with many different kinds of foods, especially roasted poultry.  -TG

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Saint Pierre 2018 Arbois Les Brulees

"Les Brûlées" comes from Fabrice Dodane's vineyard planted on a hill rich with limestone near his cellar in Mathenay. The palate of the wine is dense and textured with powerful mineral acidity. An expressive wine that is drinking well now but should continue to evolve over the next decade. The 2018 is a little "bigger" than the 2020, as '18 was a warmer year overall, but this was also the first vintage that Fabrice approached with the intention of long aging in barrel. The 2018 was bottled in early '23 at the same time that the 2020 was bottled. Fabrice was fully aware that he could not survive waiting 4-6 years for his sous-voile wines, but was still passionate about long elevage for the whites, and the development of this wine, though nuanced at the moment, is impressive. We look forward to more estate-aged bottles like this! 

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  • $79.99

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Saint Pierre 2022 Arbois Petit Curoulet (Ploussard)

This is a clean and delicious Poulsard/Ploussard from Domaine de Saint Pierre. The wine is super pale in the glass, herbal, aromatic, forward, and full of wild strawberry fruits. About 10 years after Fabrice first started producing the Petit Curoulet, the 2022 is reportedly one of the best yet! Though we can at times be wary of reduction in young Poulsard wines, the Saint Pierre wines have consistently been both age-worthy and immediately charming (if anything just in need of a decant when opened young).

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Saint Pierre 2022 Arbois Pinot Noir Cuvée Saint Pierre

Made from 100% Pinot Noir, traditionally vinified in old, very large oak barrels, this is Arbois at its purest. The nose is a bouquet of spicy, floral aromas along with bright red cherry, and brown spice. The palate is silken, with beautiful fruit and spice balanced by a touch of earth and piercing, chalky minerality. Decant and serve cool with roast chicken, root vegetables, or charcuterie. -TG

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Beguet, Patrice 2022 Les Vins de L'Ame Ours VDF Go Together Blanc

Though we generally like some Jura grapes in our negoce wines from Jura producers, the "Go Together" Blanc 2022 was so impressive that we made sure to stock some, even though it's entirely from southern French fruit. Sourced from Claude Ughetto in the Var, north of Bandol and Provence, this is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Vermentino, and 25% Viognier. Half of the grapes went through direct press, with 10% seeing a long maceration of 6 months in used oak barrels, and 40% of the fruit macerated for 5 weeks in Acacia barrels.

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Beguet, Patrice 2018 Les Vins de L'Ame Ours VDF Go Together Rouge

The 2018 Go Together Rouge is a bit deeper and more concentrated than the most recent reds that Patrice Beguet has produced as part of his negociant "Big Bunch Theory" project. This is a blend of 40% Grenache from Claude Ughetto in the Var, 50% Gamay from Domaine Landron-Chartier (Pays Nantais/Ancenis), and 10% Savagnin and Trousseau from Beguet's vineyards in the Jura. Unlike the Fresh Impression red which was 80% direct press and 20% maceration, this is 80% maceration with 20% direct press. Some of the fruit was macerated for 6 months in old barrels, and the majority (60%) saw 4 weeks of maceration. Still light in body, but perhaps more light-medium compared to Patrice's other reds, this is a red with a core personality of Gamay and a bit more spice and structure from the Grenache, along with brightness and acidity from the Jura grapes. 

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Beguet, Patrice 2021 Les Vins de L'Ame Ours VDF Three Views of a Secret Bl

This is a lovely "orange wine" made from Gewurztraminer with gentle skin contact, that is very fresh and not overtly floral. The grapes come from Domaine Paul Humbrecht in Alsace (Pfaffenheim), and see 6 weeks of maceration, with fermentation and aging in stainless steel. There are some floral and spiced aromas (to be expected with Gewurztraminer), but the maceration helps to subdue the intensity of these aromatic notes and gives the wine nice texture and subtle grip. A big success!

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Beguet, Patrice 2021 VDF Orange was the Color of her Dress

Of Patrice's small amount of Savagnin vines, he makes a ouillé Savagnin called 'Oh Yeah,' and this skin contact expression called 'Orange was the Color of her Dress,' (both references to Charles Mingus tunes). All of the fruit for 'Orange...' 2021 is destemmed and macerated in used barrels over the course of 6 months, and a small percentage (10%) of wine from 2020 was included. The maceration here is more accurately an infusion, without pumping or pressing, so the wine has an ethereal cloudy white appearance, instead of the typical amber or 'orange' hue that many skin contact wines have. The nose is enchanting and mysterious with floral and melon aromas,  and the palate is all white apricots and morning dew.

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Beguet, Patrice 2022 VDF Silk Blue (Cote de Feule)

Formerly known by the parcel name, 'Cote de Feule,' this is a red from majority Ploussard (Poulsard) with 15% Trousseau and 5% Savagnin in the '22 vintage. Several other growers we admire have some plots in Cote de Feule (in Pupillin), such as Granges Paquenesses, Domaine de la Borde, and we're quite certain Houillon and Overnoy as well (it's a pretty well known vineyard site in Pupillin). For the '22 bottling of Silk Blue, 60% of the grapes went through whole cluster fermentation, and the rest a long and slow 6 month maceration. Aging was mostly in stainless steel with 20% used barrels. The 2022 is young but promising and already extremely enjoyable. With an additional 6-ish months in the bottle, this wine will be in a very nice place.

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