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The wines of Jura, Savoie and Bugey

Between
them the three eastern French regions of Jura, Savoie and Bugey cover an area
of less than 5,000 hectares of vines and produce less than one per cent of
French appellation wines. For years these wines were drunk mainly in their
respective regions and hardly sold even in Paris, let alone on export markets
but that situation has changed dramatically over the last decade or so as wine
lovers have begun to seek out lighter wines, wines from unusual grapes and less
conventional wine styles, all of which can

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be offered by one or other of these
regions.
Jura leads
the pack, not in quantity, but in worldwide interest, with exports having risen
from 2% to 10% of its production during the last decade. The region has
developed an almost cult following in cities as far flung as New York,
Copenhagen, Tokyo and Sydney and its hugely varied wine styles have become the
sommelier's choice in trendy wine bars and restaurants in London, Paris and in
many US cities. Jura has the highest proportion of organic vineyards in France
and it offers wines that suit today's wine lovers. Savoie has its followers
too, especially in the US and increasingly in the UK, and exports are rising as
quality improves. Bugey is the smallest of the three by far and is often tagged
onto Savoie. Its pink fizz, named Cerdon is the only French appellation rose
made by the Methode Ancestrale, which gives a semi-sweet low-alcohol sparkling
wine, another wine that has a cult following among wine lovers in the US.

Wink
Lorch's The wines of Jura, Savoie and Bugey is a comprehensive guide to all
three regions, structured to highlight the differences between them, and
providing the facts and anecdotes behind the vineyards, the wines and the
people making them. Beginning with a thorough and entertaining evaluation of
the geographies and histories of the three regions the book goes on to provide
an assessment of their climates and soils, grape varieties and methods of
production. A whole section is devoted to the producers themselves with an
introduction to the trade structure of negociants, co-operatives and single
growers in each region.

The wines of Jura,
Savoie and Bugey will broaden the knowledge of anybody already interested in
this up-and-coming wine-growing area and entice new enthusiasts by introducing
the most exciting wines and producers of twenty-first century Jura, Savoie and
Bugey.

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