Before our visit, we’d never heard of Jura, Jura wines or Chateau-Chalon. Pictures of the village were featured in a German motorcycle magazine so we decided since it wasn’t too far away, we’d take a trip out there to see if the area lived up to the hype. Voted one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France by the Ministry of Culture, the rustic medieval town of Chateau-Chalon sits nestled atop a hill, surrounded by vineyards below and farmlands, mountain lakes and breathtaking waterfalls only a few kilometers away.
Château-Chalon is located in the Jura wine region of eastern France. Chateau-Chalon is known for producing Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine), a type of white wine that must only use the Savagnin grape. The wine is bottled in a 62 cl. specially shaped bottle called, clavellin. They say that the size of the bottle is so, because the wine must age exactly 6 years and 3 months before it’s ready for bottling. In this period of time, 62 cl. is what’s left of a liter so the bottle accommodates the remaining wine according to tradition as well as legal specifications.
France is a beautiful country, filled with breathtaking landscapes and magnificent storybook villages. The parts of the country that were untouched by the war are like stepping into a time machine, where things still function the way they always have and people do what they’ve always done. No one seems eager to change things and frankly, you can’t blame them. At least to an outside observer, many of these villages appear to boast a life of tranquility, beauty and exquisite cuisine. Chateau-Chalon was no exception, where the food, wine, lodging and landscape were all divine.