Valentin Morel

Valentin Morel Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Les Trouillots 2021


Valentin Morel's "Les Pieds Sur Terre" Chardonnay 2019 is a notable wine from the Jura region of France. Taking over the family estate in 2014, Morel has embraced organic and biodynamic farming practices inspired by Rudolf Steiner and Masanobu Fukuoka. The estate spans 6 hectares in Poligny, focusing on minimal intervention in the winemaking process, which includes using native yeasts and minimal sulfites. This approach ensures the wines reflect their unique terroir, characterized by marl and clay-limestone soils.

Dry/Sweet:, Dry
Wine Type:, White
Wine Style:, Light Body
Grapes:, Chardonnay
Farming:, Organic
Vintage:, 2021
Alcohol:, 12%
Country:, France
Region:, Jura
Appellation:, NA
Bottle Size:, 750ml
Sugar level:, Low Sugar, Zero Added Sugar

Food Pairing Ideas:

Roast chicken with herbs, grilled scallops.


Producer profile

Valentin Morel

Valentin Morel is a passionate winemaker from the Jura region of France, specifically Poligny. He took over the family estate, Domaine Les Pieds sur Terre 2014, which his grandfather established in the late 1970s. The estate spans 6 hectares and is managed with a strong commitment to organic and biodynamic farming practices.

Natural and biodynamic principles deeply influence Valentin's approach to winemaking. The vineyards, planted with grape varieties such as Savagnin, Chardonnay, Trousseau, and Poulsard, are maintained without herbicides. Instead, cover crops like radishes and beans are interspersed between the vines to promote soil health and biodiversity. The estate has been organic since 1999 and continues to innovate with minimal intervention winemaking techniques, including native yeasts and little to no sulfur in the wines.

Valentin's wines are known for their purity and expression of the terroir. The Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Les Trouillots, for instance, is produced from 35-year-old vines grown on marl soils, and is fermented and aged in neutral barrels to preserve the natural character of the grapes. Similarly, his red wines, like the Côtes du Jura Poulsard Les Trouillots, are crafted with a focus on showcasing the unique qualities of the Jura terroir.

Valentin is also dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting a community of like-minded producers. He actively experiments with hybrid grape varieties that are more resistant to climatic challenges, demonstrating his commitment to environmental stewardship.

Wine region

Jura, France

The Jura wine region, nestled between Burgundy and Switzerland in eastern France, is a hidden gem known for its unique and traditional wine styles. This small area stretches for about 80 kilometers along the French-Swiss border, covering approximately 2,000 hectares of vineyards. Jura's landscape is characterized by wooded hillsides and varied topography, with vineyards planted at altitudes ranging from 200 to 400 meters.

The Jura region's climate is continental, with warm summers and cold winters. The terroir includes various types of marl and limestone soils, which contribute to the unique flavor profiles of the wines. The best vineyards are often located on south-facing slopes, taking full advantage of the sunshine and the well-drained soils.

The Jura region has a long history of winemaking, with techniques and traditions that have been preserved and passed down through generations. It is also known for its commitment to organic and biodynamic farming practices, with many producers focusing on sustainable viticulture.

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