Côtes du Jura, Jean-Claude Credoz, Melon à Queue Rouge 2019
Many producers in the Jura will claim Melon à Queue Rouge is an entirely distinct variety to Chardonnay. While the INAO doesn’t recognize it as such, producers are still free to display it as a sort of fantasy name on bottles of Côtes du Jura.
Jean-Claude and Annie Credoz actually acknowledge that Melon à Queue Rouge is in fact Chardonnay, albeit a clone with particularly red stalks when ripe (Queue Rouge means “red tail”). They top up their barrels of this bottling, eliminating the development of flor that is so often associated with the white wines from the region. It still has a distinctly Jurassic personality, though, with far more aroma than is normally found in Chardonnay and a pleasing macadamia, marzipan, and stone fruit dance going on.
Must be 21 years old to purchase. ID is required at delivery or in-store pickup.