COTEAUX DU VAL DE SORNE
Jean-François Rayon is the 14th generation of winegrowers settled in the village of Vernantois, 20km south west of the famed Arbois-Pupillin. The vineyards of Vernantois were part of a historical domain owned by the abbey of Saint-Claude before the French Revolution when it was one of the first wine production area along with Château-Chalon and Pupillin. From satellite imagery, the area of Vernantois is situated in between two hills with much higher concentration of forests and wildlands then the heavier cultivated areas of Arbois.
The Rayon family has been passionate organic farmers since 1963 with Jean-François beginning his work in 1987 and debuted his first release in 1992.
Jean-François cares tremendously about art and culture - his residence includes the gallery "Rose Art", offering a permanent exhibition of paintings, sculptures and arts and crafts of Jura along with many cultural activities being celebrated regularly.
Today the domain has 2.6 hectares of vines divided into 7 parcels consisting Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau. The plots are distinguished by the names of the previous winegrowers of the domain – Alphonse, Henry, John, Michel, Roger etc.
The vineyards are planted on slopes up to 300m altitude with blue marl and limestone-based soils. Jean-François farms the land organically, like his family did, but attained certification in 2003.
The cellar is located in a 17th-century stone building. Vinification processes are done in old neutral oak always with long fermentation with indigenous yeasts and extended post bottling ageing. He produces crémant, sous voile and ouillé styles.
The label depicts Saint Vernier who was the patron saint of the vintners during the Habsburg dynasty. On this picture found in a local church you see him harvesting Poulsard.
Chardonnay Cuvée des Dames 2014
Chardonnay Savagnin 2011