Philippe Bornard lives in the village of Pupillin near Arbois and the Swiss border. His vineyards were inherited from his father, who previously sold only to co-ops. It was Pierre Overnoy, another Arbois winemaker, who eventually convinced Philippe to begin to make his own wine, and now, with over 27 years of experience under his belt, he is working with nearly 6 hectares of 30-year old vines, and farms exclusively biodynamically – officially certified in 2012. The grapes are grown at high altitudes, on limestone and clay soils, allowing a slow ripening. Typically the wine begins a long, slow maceration in fiberglass, and then is moved to large older oak barrels for maturation, which lasts about one year. Wines are of two appellations: Côtes du Jura and Arbois-Pupillin, and reflect beautifully the terroir of the Jura. You’ll agree from the first sip, we’re sure.
The Bornard En Go-guette is a lovely white sparkling wine made from the Chardonnay grape in the Petillant Naturel style. The wine completes its fermentation in the bottle, no sugar is added, it is not disgorged, with the residual yeast remaining in the bottle.
At 10% abv, this is a beautifully made wine that works perfectly as an aperitif and pairs well with a wide range of foods. Philippe is a master of the petillant naturel style and any of his wines of this type are absolute treasures.