"To keep high quality we’re focusing on making just a few cuvee's. Just like Pierre Overnoy"

"To keep high quality we’re focusing on making just a few cuvee's. Just like Pierre Overnoy"

Jintaro Yura - Yura

Jan 28, 2023

G U E B E R S C H W I H R | Alsace

One of the best parts about spending longer periods of time in France is "stumbling" upon new producers. While dining at a two Michelin starred restaurant, we were introduced to Jintaro while enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail. We saw the Wine Director pouring a pairing at a table nearby, the label we saw and story we overheard was captivating and we weren’t familiar with it. We tried the wine, and couldn’t have been happier. We let our curiosity ask for a glass.

Jintaro started his wine career in restaurants. After his stint in restaurants, he enrolled in Oenology school; spending time training in various parts of the world such as Waipara New Zealand, Burgundy, and Yamanashi in Japan. Finally, he was drawn to Alsace in 2012 where he worked with Domaine Josmeyer and Domaine Hurst. After spending time at these estates, he knew that is where he wanted to be. His career, like many of the other small young growers, started off with buying grapes from his friends and borrowing cellar space.

Now, he makes just one wine, and he makes it count!

Viticulture and Vinification

Yura's vision is to make a wine of purity and finesse. Wine that is also beautifully balanced, umami, and food friendly. There are various parcels in which the grapes are sourced from and all are vinified separately. The cooler sites are fermented in stainless steel to keep the freshness and purity. All of the grapes are sourced from organic vineyards. There is just a small part of sulfur added during winemaking. The warmer sites are fermented in used barrels to highlight (delete emphasize) the texture and savory elements of the grapes. The grape bunches are pressed whole then sit overnight at a low temperature. The juice is moved to steel and 500l barrique for natural fermentation. The wine spends 10 months sur lie before being blended, then aged an additional two months after blending. 2020 is his first vintage, starting with a singular, beautiful example of Pinot varietals from Alsace.

The Wines of Jintaro Yura

2020 Yura Alsace Blanc Abeille et Papillon

ASSEMBLAGE 80% Pinot Blanc 20% Auxerrois
THE VINEYARD Gueberschwihr
SOIL Clay & Limestone soils
FERMENTATION Fermented in stainless and used barrel
AGING 10 months sur lie + 2 months