Jura, France

Fumey-Chatelain is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team, Raphaël Fumey and Adeline Chatelain, the former of whom is the cousin of Stéphane Tissot. Founded over 30 years ago, the company was originally created for the sole purpose of selling fruit off to négociants. However, after losing nearly all of their crop to frost in 1991, the couple decided to dive into the world of vinification with the grapes that remained—and as it turned out, the pair were quite good at making wine!

In 1999, Raphaël and Adeline settled in Montigny-lès-Arsures and officially established their domaine. Fumey-Chatelain farms 17 hectares of vineyards in the Arbois appellation of the Jura, and today, is spearheaded by the couple’s son, Marin. After working various internships across South Africa, New Zealand, and other international regions, Marin returned back to the family estate and immediately began converting all of the vineyards to organic / biodynamic farming, as he believes that making great wines begins with high-quality fruit.

In the cellar, a low-intervention mentality is implemented. All wines are fermented with native yeasts, and while some age in used barrels, many are raised completely in tank for the sake of maintaining freshness and fruit forwardness. All cuvées at Fumey-Chatelain are bottled without fining or filtration, with only a dash of sulfites added prior to release. These wines truly embody the notion of “tradition meets modernity” and exude a laser-like focus that captivates us every time we taste them. As we all know, finding dynamic Jura wines that aren’t already spoken for is a rare feat these days, which makes us even more pleased to work with this very special estate.