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Essencia HeartHeart
Food store
Open: Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 3 84 37 08 46
Address: 24, Place Notre Dame
Poligny, 39800
Country: France

Essencia in the Jura village of Poligny specialises in just two items - natural wine and the very best of regional cheese. When you walk into this Aladdin's cave run by Philippe Bouvret you will be surrounded by some of the finest natural wine of the Jura region and beyond. You will also be within reach of some of the finest Comte cheese we have ever eaten.
Natural wine enthusiasts will drool over the selection from local star and gentle giant, Jean Francois Ganevat and an equally impressive selection of the wines of Pierre Overnoy, Domaine de Montbourgeau and Jean Macle.
From further afield they stock the Alsace wines of Bruno Schueller, the biodynamic Beaujolais of Julie Blagny as well as those of Foillard, Coquelet, Ducroux, Lapalu, Metras and Descombes - not a bad line up! And if that doesn't entice you, how about a Burgundy from Giradin or de Moor or Guillot or Dancer or Prieure Roch or Raveneau or the young, up-and-coming Vauthier or the ebullient Dominique Derain? We even spotted a Stephane Guion from Bourgueil in the Loire Valley. It certainly is a treasure trove.
The owner is passionate about his products and is keen to share his knowledge. Look for the Comte Vagne sign on the Route de Lons.
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