Wine Review: Benoit Badoz Cremant du Jura

I always get excited when I find an excellent value for money -wine to share on this blog. That is kind of the purpose of it all, to build a wine-community and share ideas and information. There are thousands and thousands of wines out there, how to otherwise know which one to pick of the shelf?

“Domaine Badoz” is located in the town of Poligny, in the heart of the Jura region. Its origins date back as far as 1659 and Benoit Badoz represents the 10th generation of winemakers at the family domaine. He cultivates 10 hectares of vineyards with the aim of maintaining a natural ecological balance; grass is planted in every other row and no chemical are used in the fields. The production process, grape reception, vinification and aging are also efficiently organized and environmentally friendly. The wine is not classified as ecological or bio dynamic, however the focus is on making great wines by taking good care of the land and grapes. A good grape will speak for its self, and the Benoit Badoz Cremant du Jura is proof of that.

A simple but elegant label
A simple but elegant label
Light golden color
Light golden color

The wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and it has a lemony and sweetly refreshing nose. The taste is crispy, with yellow apples, pear and minerals. The sweetness in the aroma is deceiving as the wine its self tastes very dry. The wine has a persistent stream of teeny tiny bubbles contributing to a pleasant creamy mouth feel. All in all a very refreshing appetizer.

I got this wine from last years Christmas wine calendar (remember that? I hope I will get one this year as well) so I am not sure what price was paid for this specific bottle. After some (google) research I found the wine available in the producers web-shop for 8,90 EUR (!!).  That, I must say, is a great price. For pure quality, I give this wine a 3 (it’s good, but nothing amazing), but value for money I would say is a 4.5. I wonder if they deliver to Sweden…

Wineweek 42: Fall Thoughts and the Best Deal on Champagne in Town

Good evening from rainy Stockholm! It is Sunday again and we are enjoying a lazy afternoon at home. The past week has been hard; Not only due to every project landing on us at the same time, but the news…I am sure you have seen it. But what has made me extremely happy in the recent days is the headlines being filled with countries and companies extending their hand to help the ones in need. We are a small company, but we want to help too. So we decided to donate our September profit to charity; SOS Children’s Villages to be exact. Our profits are seldom very big, so we will probably put some extra money on top; But if you want to contribute, come to our tasting on Saturday and/or make your fall wine purchases from the Winecurious.

Some of the most interesting findings this week were made in the grocery store. Our neighborhood supermarket just happens to have a small deli inside with a license to serve wine. It’s not a real wine bar or such, but you can buy some fresh food to have there and a glass of wine as companion. We were sopping for dinner on Monday when we just, out of curiosity, took a peak at the wine-list. There it was, a vintage (2008) Palmer & Co. by the glass for only 90 SEK (10 EUR). That must be the best deal on champagne in town. I believe I will volunteer to do the shopping from now on (and I suspect that M will too). The environment is not the coziest in town, but hey, you cant have everything.

We also did some nice dining during the week. After a “long” summer pause, we visited our fave restaurant, Matkonsulatet. They had some nice new wines on the list. The red in the picture is from Teneriffe. I also enjoyed some traditional Swedish cuisine at restaurant Asplunds. Hmm. I wonder what kid of red would go with reindeer, mashed potatoes and lingonberries?

The wine list at the local supermarket
The wine list at the local supermarket
This is about as cozy as it gets but who cares with a nice glass of champagne in your hand
This is about as cozy as it gets but who cares with a nice glass of champagne in your hand
The return to Matkonsulatet
The return to Matkonsulatet
The cheese selection at Matkonsulatet can be shared by four
The cheese selection at Matkonsulatet can be shared by four
A traditional Swedish dish at lunch restaurant Asplund's
A traditional Swedish dish at lunch restaurant Asplund’s

Came weekend, it was time for some wine, sparkling wine to be exact. On Friday we opened a cremant du Jura and on Saturday a rose sparkling from Austria. The Benoit Badoz cremant was definitely one of the best ones I have tasted in a long time, and cost less than 10 EUR in the producers web-shop. A real bargain I would say. The Austrian rose was also good (we had tasted a glass in a wine bar in Paris), but slightly past its prime. I need to try to score a newer vintage. I think this one was from 2010 and really on it’s last meters before going over. More specific reviews will follow.

Benoit Badoz Creman du Jura, an excellent bubbly for less than 10 EUR
Benoit Badoz Creman du Jura, an excellent bubbly for less than 10 EUR
Austrian sparkling on Saturday night, the label does not look like much but the wine was excellent
Austrian sparkling on Saturday night, the label does not look like much but the wine was excellent

So that was it for Wineweek 42. Next week will be exciting as we will open our fall order window and hold the big open house tasting. We have a lot of nice people coming: friends, colleagues and some wine bloggers. Interesting to see how our samples of Almeida Garrett from Portugal will be received. We also have some sample bottles from south of France, so we shall see if we will include them this time or wait until Christmas.

Have a great coming week!

xx Soile