2019 Anne et Jean-Francois Ganevat La Croix des Batailles Vin de France Rouge
La Combe; a tiny hamlet above the village of Rotalier is home to the larger-than-life “Fan Fan” Jean-François Ganevat. Jean-François came back to run the family estate in 1998 after ten years working Burgundy and he combines his passion for the Jura terroir – here ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - with a staunch defence of Burgundian techniques; low yields and most recently biodynamic methods for which he has now gained Demeter certification.
In addition to the ‘Estate’ wines there are, since 2013, a group of wines made from grapes purchased from around the region and in others, all are grown by their vigneron friends to their standards, so organic or bio-dynamically farmed and tended. They pay very high prices to get the quality they want. Each of these necogiant wine are made on the property by Jean-François and his small team; from grapes into wine, and have the same Ganevat precision, levity and exquisite texture despite the differing origins of the grapes.
La Croix des Batailles is Gamay from Beaujolais from a top granitic terroir, and Jura Chardonnay, that was fermented in a tronconic wooden vat, semi-carbonic macération with natural yeasts and no punchdowns or pumpovers, not filtered and nothing added.