Enticing aromas of butterscotch and shortbread mingle with lighter traces of lemon posset and vanilla panna cotta. There's a weight that speaks of beeswax and a touch of lanolin, and an exotic, spicy pinch of cinnamon. Brioche and honeyed almonds join the party on the palate, making for a luxurious mouthfeel and attractive weight. The finish is persistent and increasingly complex – an absolute pleasure to drink. The tiny 2cl of Vin Jaune added to the dosage lends subtle hints of bruised apple, freshly baked bread and creamy almond, creating a sense of maturity to trick us all! Vintage-style wine for a non-vintage blend price. A veritable steal.
From the self-proclaimed oldest co-operative cellar in France, in the small and often overlooked region of Jura, comes the Château Béthanie Crémant du Jura Brut NV. The wines produced in the Jura are largely looked upon in export markets as an oddity, an eccentric choice for the determined vinophile. Needless to say, we love them.