Created by decree of 31 July 1937, the Côtes du Jura
is the largest of the Jura appellations. The Côtes du Jura AOC extends from the north to the south of the region, resulting in a number of contrasting terroirs. Because of this, there are a variety of different expressions of the Jura grape varieties for the wine drinker to explore. The current production area of Côtes du Jura wines
covers 640 hectares and spans 105 communes.
The Côtes du Jura vineyards generally face southwest, west and even south, and sometimes lie on slopes with gradients ranging from 10 to 40%. The Côtes du Jura vineyards grow in stony, clay soil at an altitude between 200 and 400 metres. The subsoil is homogeneous and made up of marl and limestone gravel. The climate is semi-continental, with distinct seasons and harsh winters.
The white wines of the Côtes du Jura are made from the Chardonnay (locally known as Melon d'Arbois or Gamay Blanc) and Savagnin (known locally as Naturé). The red wines of the Côtes du Jura are made up of Poulsard (known locally as Ploussard), Trousseau and Pinot Noir (known locally as Gros Noirien or Pinot Gris). The appellation is admirably represented by quality producers such as Domaine Stéphane Tissot, Domaine Ganevat, Domaine Jean Macle and Domaine Labet.
More informations on the website of the wines of Côtes du Jura