Jura Circa 1962:
1962 Cartier Chateau Chalon

Posted by Joe Salamone

Vin Jaune is one of the nearly immortal wines of the world. Château Chalon is the Grand Cru of Vin Jaune.

It's here that Vin Jaune reaches its pinnacle of refinement and ageworthiness.

Curnonsky, a famous 20th Century Parisian gourmet known as the "Prince of Gastronomes," included the wines of Château Chalon among "the five great white wines of France," along with Montrachet and Yquem.

For those of you not familiar with Vin Jaune, we must qualify this strong endorsement, with a serious warning: Château-Chalon is one of the most compelling, amazing and bizarre vinous experiences on Earth. However, its broad, aggressive and overtly oxidative tang can be like a slap in the face to the uninitiated palate.

Cartier is one of Jura's famous producers from yesteryear. He has the reputation for being one of the best producers of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Our first encounter with Cartier was a '59 Château Chalon. It was a jaw dropping bottle. When this small parcel of '62 became available, I couldn't resist.

Château Chalon demands to be aged. With age it becomes wildly complex, expansive and deep, with layers of spice, stone fruits, dried yellow fruits, mushrooms and minerals. All of this is delivered with length and class.

Finding information on Cartier is difficult, but from what I could glean from the web it seems like their vines in Château Chalon were very well situated and are currently being worked by the Macle family.

It is very rare that old bottles of Château Chalon come our way and on the few occasions that they do, it's typically a bottle or two. This is by no means a large parcel, but it's unlikely we'll be offering something like this anytime soon. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com

or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

1962 Cartier Chateau Chalon