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An emblematic event in the Jura wine-growing region, the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine welcomes many amateurs and curious people every first weekend in February. For its 20th edition, let's discover this wine tradition!

The tradition of the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine

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Breakthrough of the Yellow Wine, Bruno Lyet

Initiated in 1996 by a group of enthusiasts, the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine has become one of the greatest wine events over the years. The principle? The first barrels of the precious nectar are pierced and tasted after six years and three months in oak barrels. The typicality of yellow wine? Produced only from the Savagnin grape variety, yellow wine has a very specific production process. During its maturation, the part of the wine that evaporates, well known as the angels' part, is not filled. A veil of yeast will then form on the surface of the wine, protecting it from oxidation by avoiding direct contact with the air. This unique and mysterious process of elaboration offers the yellow wine its typical aromas of nuts, dried fruits with spicy notes.

Highlights of the Yellow Wine Breakthrough

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Wines of the Jura

Every year, nearly 400,000 visitors flock to the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine. The event owes its reputation to its rich programme of festivities and traditions.

On the agenda for the weekend:

  • Tasting of Jura wines: More than 60 winegrowers open their cellars to the many wine lovers.
  • Jura Wine Cooking Competition: Chefs and apprentices will be challenged to create three desserts including three wines typical of the region: Macvin, Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille.
  • Auction of old vintages: With a strong ageing potential, old vintages of yellow wine have some nice surprises in store. In 2011, a 1774 vintage of yellow wine was auctioned at €57,000.
  • Yellow Wine Breakthrough Parade and Ceremony: Dressed in their gold-coloured outfits, the Ambassadors of the Yellow Wine Breakthrough accompany the procession of the winegrowers and the 228-litre barrel of yellow wine to the place of the ceremony. After the barrel's blessing, the piercing is done in front of a crowd of amateurs and curious people.
  • Sommelier competition: Students and professionals gather for the Trophée des Vins du Jura.
  • Exhibition and entertainment: Throughout the weekend, visitors can also discover local craftsmen, Jura specialities, musical entertainment, etc.

The 20th anniversary of the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine

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Breakthrough of the Yellow Wine, Bruno Lyet

Organized in a city different from the vineyard each year, the event will celebrate its 20th edition in Lons-le-Saunier on the weekend of 6 and 7 February 2016. On this occasion, a retrospective of the previous 19 editions will be proposed to (re)discover this Jura tradition which highlights the particular typicity of yellow wine. After this anniversary edition, the Breakthrough of Yellow Wine will not return until 2018. The organisers have announced that they will allow a year to allow the event to "acquire a new lease of life and reinvent itself".

Practical information:
Dates: From Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 February 2016
Place: Lons-le-Saunier
Price: 14€ giving access to the site + 1 tasting glass + 10 tasting tickets More
information: www.percee-du-vin-jaune.com

Quentin Nicard (Les Grappes)

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