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Terroirs Viticoles du Jura: Géologie et Paysages

Terroirs Viticoles du Jura: Géologie et Paysages

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  • Author: Michel Campy
  • Publisher: Mêta Jura
  • Language: French
  • Release date: 2017-11
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 21 x 27 cm
  • Weight: 1350g
  • Format: hardcover
  • ISBN: 9782953512595


The Jura has a vineyard of around 2,500 hectares spread over a strip 80 km long and 3 to 8 km wide, on the side of the first reliefs of the massif. If it is small in size, it is nonetheless original with its very particular wines, made from often local grape varieties. This originality is due to the nature of its wine-growing soils, dominated by marly lands, enriched with a contribution of scree from the limestone cliff to which it is backed.

Illustrated with numerous photographs and explanatory diagrams on the geology of the subsoil, this work allows you to discover the richness of the Jura vineyard landscapes and to understand the organization of its terroirs. Useful for winegrowers, it will also respond to the curiosity and interest of the public for the vine. Indeed, lovers of quality wines are less and less satisfied with tasting alone. They want to know the whole chain of elements and practices that lead to wine. With the development of wine tourism, to this strong demand for explanation is now added the desire to know the framework in which the vineyards have settled. Tasting a wine also means connecting it with the land from which it comes and the landscape in which it was developed. This book meets that expectation.

The book is organized into two parts:

The first part presents the geological history of the Jura vineyard and its original characteristics. Occupying the western edge of the Jura, the existence of the vineyard is due to the presence of a geological break formed by the limit between the Jura and the Fossé de la Bresse. The great originality of the Jura vineyard lies in the dominance of marly lands in its geological substrate. Despite the homogeneity of this substrate, the Jurassic vineyard presents a great variability of its soils, provided by the complexes of superficial formations spread out on the slopes during recent periods of the Quaternary. These special arrangements are the result of a long geological history, the founding episode of which is the overlap of the western edge of the Jura on the Bresse.

The second part gives details of the geological characteristics of the wine-growing regions, municipality by municipality. Eight wine-growing areas, each with common characteristics, have been identified from north to south. These are, in order of presentation:
• North area of the vineyard, “Côtes du Jura” appellation,
• Zone of appellation “Arbois”;
• Poligny area, “Côtes du Jura” appellation;
• Zone of Arlay / Voiteur, named “Côtes du Jura”;
• Zone of appellation “Château-Chalon”;
• “L'Étoile” appellation zone;
• Lons-le-Saunier area, “Côtes du Jura” appellation,
• Revermont area, “Côtes du Jura” appellation

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