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Chateau-Chalon wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Chateau-Chalon is a wine appellation in the Jura region of France coveriing the communes of Château-Chalon, Domblans, Menetru-le-Vignoble and Nevy-sur-Seille which lie a few kilometres north of the town of Lons-le-Saunier. This small appellation only allows the production of the famous local dry aged and oxidised wine known as Vin Jaune which must be vinified from the Savagnin grape.
The wine making method is unique with the wine maturing in barrels for over six years, protected from oxidisation by a layer of yeast that forms on top of the wine. It is a strong wine that makes a perfect aperitif wine and bears some similarity in taste and texture to a dry sherry.
Try the wines from producers such as the esteemed Jean Macle, Domaine Berthet-Bondet and Francois Mossu.
It is a protected AOC known as a 'classified site' giving it similar status to the Tokaj region of Hungary.
The village of Chateau-Chalon and some interesting information about the wine appellation is featured in the book The most beautiful Wine Villages of France which you can order from by clicking on the link below.
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