The annual Percée du Vin Jaune takes place in Lons-le-Saunier (39 Arbois, Jura) on the weekend of 6-7 February 2016.
Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine) are unique and are the only wines in the world to develop such an aromatic palette during the aging process. This rare nectar, with remarkable character, is set off to best advantage in a 62cl bottle called a Clavelin,which fits it perfectly.
Aged in oak barrels for 6 years and 3 months, it takes its time to concentrate the unique aromas of the original Savagnin grape variety, which gave it birth. The permeabilty of the barrel lets part of the wine evaporate. As no interference is allowed, the barrel is not, therefore, completely full and a veil of
natural yeast forms on the surface of the wine. Carefully watched over by the winemaker, the yellow wine gradually acquires the qualities and aromas which are so special to it.
The festivities include open days at the various wine cellars in the region, a procession, an “intronisation” ceremony, charity auction and cookery competition
For more info see www.percee-du-vin-jaune.com/
A good starting point for getting to know the region and its wines could be John & Carolyn Scallan at their BurgundyB&B at Sens-sur-Seille (71 Saone et Loire, Bourgogne) – and you get local advice on where to go in English!