Eric and Bérengère Thill make wines from their small holdings in the south of the Jura some 45 kilometres south of Arbois. Here they grow the traditional Jura grape varieties including 3.25 hectares of chardonnay, 1 hectare of Savagnin, .35 hectares of Pinot Noir and .7 hectares of Poulsard. They were certified organic by Ecocert in 2015.
Eric was originally from Alsace and prefers to work with single grape varieties. They live in the village of Trenal which is very close to the commune of Gevingey where their vines are planted close to the forests which provide diversity.
Their plots are situated in a number of places including the Montbouchon lieu dit which sees clay sitting over Bajocien limestone, Les Grandes Vignes which is the sought after grey, red and blue marl, Les Molates which also benefits from blue and grey marl and Les Longes Combes which has clay soils.
Eric Thill AOP Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Grandes Vignes 2016
This lovely white wine is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes picked from two different parts of the Les Grandes Vignes vineyard where Eric and Bérengère have 1 hectare of Chardonnay.
The wine was fermented naturally and then left to mature in a stainless steel tank for 18 months.
This a very clean, topped-up Chardonnay that displays minerality and salinity with a long, long finish. This is a wonderful introduction to Jura whites for those eager to start exploring these wonderful wines.
Eric Thill AOP Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Préfleur 2014
This wine is a slightly oxidative wine that has incredible complexity and richness while also displaying the minerality and salinity of the Les Grandes Vignes vineyard.
It was topped up during the first two years in old barrels but then left to form a veil from the yeasts in the wine. It is quite nutty as can be expected for a wine that has matured under a veil.
The grapes are picked from vines that are around 50 years old and are facing south. The wine does undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrels.
Eric Thill AOP Côtes du Jura Poulsard 2018
This delicious Poulsard is a perfect for sipping in the sun or matching with charcuterie and many other foods. The wine is made from grapes grown on vines that are 40 years old on a west-facing slope where the rocks are a precious mixture of red, grey and brown marl.
Fermentation is for 21 days in carbonic maceration, with 2 pump-overs in order to avoid reduction. Fermentation temperature is maintained at 18°C to conserve the fruitiness.
Eric Thill AOP Côtes du Jura Savagnin Cuvée Romane 2016
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Eric Thill AOP Côtes du Jura Vin Jaune 2012
This is an excellent value Vin Jaune – the first that has been produced at this estate.
Eric Thill AOP Crémant du Jura Cuvée Adrian 2016
A great sparkling wine that has some age. The vines are approximately 50 years of age growing on a slope that is south-facing, with clay and limestone soils.
Fermentation is with Indigenous yeasts. Disgorging after 21 months with no added sulphur or liquor.