It takes all tastes in this world: those who dislike sweet wines, those who’d do anything for a Sauterne, Coteaux-du-layon or German or Austrian Beerenauslese, those who love a wine’s unique aromas above all else.
Speaking of aromas, those with the most striking smells are generally judged to be Spain’s Xérès, or French Jura’s so-called “yellow wine”.
What does the Dictionnaire Hachette des vins de France say about this Jurassian specialty? To paraphrase: a yellow wine whose distinctive colour and nut flavours are due to the formation of a web of yeast that forms on its surface during barrelling.
Not exactly love at first taste
Explained like that, yellow wine doesn’t seem all that scary or distinctive…except that it’s not exactly a love-at-first-taste kind of wine: it’s an acquired taste.
When you open a bottle of yellow wine, don’t be surprised if some of your guests frown, while others are delighted by the bottle before them!
Cross that yellow line!
A yellow wine tasting is something that will inspire conversation, that’s for sure, and it’s certainly worth debating the merits, flaws, and peculiarities with friends and fellow drinkers. Drink a glass, despite any hesitations, and take in the smells and flavours that mark this wine as so different from the rest—you’ll find it has a prolonged hazelnut finish. If you want to soften or highlight the wine’s impact, try pairing it with a chunk of Comté cheese between sips, because this cheese will change the wine’s profile with ease—and interestingly!