The Jura wine region is one of the smallest wine regions in France. The "Vin Jaune" accounts for 7% of the wines produced in this region but its aura is much bigger. This emblematic wine, made with the Savagnin grape variety, is aged 6 years and 3 months in 228-liter casks. In other parts of France, wine is usually added regularly in the casks to replace the wine that evaporated through the wood, to prevent the oxydation of wine. With the Vin Jaune, nothing is added at all and although a sizable pocket of air develops in the casks, the quality of the wine is not altered. The wine grows a sort of veil at the surface, which contains bacterias and which sort of protects the wine from oxydation. After 6 years and 3 months at minimum (some keep it longer in casks), the casks are open and the wine is bottled. The first cask from the harvest 6 years earlier is pierced (percée) after a ceremony in a Jura church, and subsequently poured to the multitude who came for the occasion : That is what is called "la Percée du Vin Jaune".
This year it happens in Cramans, next year it will be in another village. During these two days, the place fills up with joyous people from different generations, mostly from surrounding Jura, and also from neighboring Burgundy. This year the weather was very cold and rainy, but people were nonetheless exuberant and happy to be there and to drink not only from the "holy cask", but from other Jura wines, as many producers were present in the village to let people taste and discover their production.
Here and there , you can add some good food to your drinking experience. Also a good way to hide from the sometimes furious rainstorms in the freezing winter temperatures. But even when the rain thunders outside and makes people run for shelter, you a lot of laughs and "bonne humeur" around ...
This is the time ! After the mass , the cask ( la piece ) is carried out to be pierced and drank among the people present
Warmful ambiance everywhere . Some also brought their own bottles (Jura wine , of course!)along , not to be in shortage... Practical information : When you get to the village , you pay 9 euros , you are given a special glass (it's yours, you can bring it home) and