Philippe Bornard

Philippe Bornard

Philippe Bornard is a singular character and one of the most exciting natural winemakers of the Jura. He is said to be a purist, a rigorous supporter of the naturalness of the vineyard and its surroundings, a winemaker who wants to dig into the minerality of the vineyard, because that salinity of the soil will flavor the freshness of the wine, attenuating its acidic impetuosity. He lives in Pupillin, a small French town of 265 inhabitants not far from Arbois and the Swiss border. He inherits his vineyards from his father, who previously sold grapes only to cooperatives. But it is the meeting with Pierre Overnoy, the mythical vigneron of Arbois, that completely changes Philippe's life, and from this meeting in 2005, Philippe decides to start producing his wine in a natural way. Today it cultivates 11 hectares of thirty-year vines in an exclusively biodynamic way, which are located at high altitudes, on calcareous and clayey soils, divided into different plots that allow Philippe to produce a wide range of wines with different specific characteristics, capable of satisfy all taste buds. All its wines are produced with a long and slow maceration in fiberglass, then they are transferred to larger oak barrels for aging, which lasts about a year. The wines have two names: Côtes du Jura and Arbois-Pupillin, and reflect the Jura terroir beautifully. The acidity and mineral tension of the whites allow us to forget them in the cellar and find them even more sparkling in a few years. The reds are light, elegant and extraordinarily gastronomic.

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