100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc
The Pierre Richard Crémant du Jura Brut Harmonie is a Champagne-lover’s (and sommelier’s) dream, providing the lively, cool-climate acidity and toasted complexity of Champagne at less than half the price. So if you're among the lucky few ordering this by-the-glass at New York’s iconic Blue Hill at Stone Barns, we toast your good fortune. Since we snatched up the last 85 cases bound for the U.S., Wine Access clients will be the only ones raising glasses of this Crémant for that toast. Pierre Richard and his son Vincent treat the Chardonnay that thrives in the Jura’s clay and limestone with Champagne-level reverence, more than doubling Crémant requirements with 18-36 months of lees aging. The result is a fantastically complex blanc de blancs at a by-the-glass — or buy-by-the-case — price.
Xavier Richard bought the property in the Jura in 1919, along with a 200-year-old farmhouse and winery. At the end of WWII, Xavier’s son Jean Richard fully committed to viticulture, replanting and qualifying the domaine for A.O.C. status. The family’s holdings have expanded since that pivotal time, as has its renown: Domaine Richard has racked up multiple Médailles d’Or from the Concours des Vins du Jura.
In addition to traditional Jura still wines, the Richards family produces Crémant, the traditional-method sparkling wine authorized in only seven French winegrowing regions. Subject to strict vinification and élevage standards, Crémant represents the cream of France’s non-Champagne sparklers. Domaine Richard’s hand-harvested “Harmonie,” comprised of 100% Chardonnay from the Jura’s cool clay and limestone soils, is Crémant at its best. Toasty, racy, and vivacious, it gives Champagne a run for its money at a weeknight-wine price.