Named in tribute to Django Rheinhart’s “Nuages,” one of winemaker Jay’s favorite gypsy jazz tunes, the Nuages Pinot Noir is selected from the winery’s neighboring vineyards in the Chehalem
Mountains AVA. The name “Nuages,” which is French for “clouds,” also pays homage to the moderating influence of
Oregon’s autumn cloud cover, which slows ripening to allow for the long hang time that creates fully developed flavors.
|Varietal(s)||100% Pinot Noir|
Founded in 1996 by Oregon native Jay Christopher Somers, J. Christopher specializes in Pinot Noir made in the classic style of Burgundy and Sauvignon Blanc modeled after the great wines of Sancerre. Traditional Old World and biodynamic vineyard management principles are followed: don’t force the vineyard, don’t over-irrigate, don’t use chemicals, and do all the hand labor right. J. Christopher winery and the Estate vineyard are located in the picturesque Chehalem Mountains at the Northern end of the Willamette Valley: a region beautifully suited to this natural winegrowing philosophy. In 2010 Jay Somers formed a partnership with famed German winemaker Ernst Loosen - a fellow self-described “Pinot freak” - who shared Jay’s extraordinary passion for Pinot Noir and commitment to crafting small lot, terrior-driven wines. J. Christopher wines do not try to replicate Burgundy or Sancerre in the New World, but rather to bring an Old World sensibility to the creation of New World wine — a sensibility that favors great structure and expression of place.