Located in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley, J. Christopher Wines is a small winery that specializes in Pinot Noir made in the traditional style of Burgundy, and in Sauvignon Blanc modeled after the great wines of Sancerre. The winery is co-owned by Jay Somers, who has been making wine in Oregon for more than 20 years, and Ernst Loosen, owner of the Dr. Loosen estate in Germany. Their shared philosophy is to produce wines in an Old World style that emphasizes focus, length and balance.
The Cuvée Lunatique is a fresh and clean Chardonnay that is made in the style of Chablis. To preserve its bright fruit and crisp structure, it is fermented and matured primarily in stainless steel and there is no malolactic fermentation. The name came about because when Jay first got the idea to produce a no oak/no malo Chardonnay, some people thought he was a lunatic. But its growing popularity in the Portland market proves that he wasn’t so crazy after all. Since the 2014 vintage, a part of this cuvée has been matured in a large, neutral oak cask. This gives it a bit more mid-palate texture, but still does not impart any oak taste to the wine.