La Percée du Vin Jaune 2013 • Photo ©

In what’s become one of the main wine-related events in France, over 35,000 people flocked to pay homage to the opening of the first cask of yellow wine this weekend in Voirey, in the Jura department in the Franche-Comté region of France. With an official blessing ceremony and several gastronomic events around it, the Percée du Vin Jaune pulls in enthusiasts, tourists and locals to witness the magic of this special production

of a group of around 80 different winemakers in the region.

Jura department • Photo ©

The main characteristic of the Vin Jaune is that after fermentation it must rest in oak barrels for a minimum of six years and three months. That means that this year 2013 opening is actually the 2006 vendange. Another particularity is that the bottle contains 62cl (usually bottles contain 75). This is because one liter of the savagnin grape juice used for this dry yellow wine is reduced to 62cl at the end of the maturing process. Vin jaune is appreciated for its limpid pale gold color and walnut and exotic spices notes. Expect to pay upwards of €30 a bottle.

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