Like a leprechaun coming straight from his Jura forests, this active good-tempered man goes to wine fair after wine fair to make his natural wines known, far from the stars of the region. He is 54 and already has more than 30 years of experience. Indeed he previously worked with La Fruitère de Pupillin until 2005. Following the advice of friend and neighbour Pierre Overnoy, he left the ‘fuitère’ and today he vinifies 7 hectares on the gentle slopes around the small village planted with typical Jura grape varieties. But also a rare varietal called Melon à Queue Rouge which is a variant of Chardonnay.
Like Pierre Overnoy he picks the grapes by hand, respects the vines and uses minimal doses of sulphur. Any other imput is banned and sulphur is added sparingly at the time of bottling. Long maceration. Wines matured for a long time in big tuns, up to 3 years for the whites for example. The result is fine, delicate, ‘vibrant’ wines with well-defined aromas and long ageing potential. And what suberb freshness !
Since december 2017, the 4th, Philippe Bornard is retired ! Well officially :-). From now, is helping his son, Tony Bornard, who bought the family domain. Now the total surface area is about 11,2ha !!
Show must go on !