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The small appellation in the French wine-growing region of Jura applies exclusively to Vin Jaune. It comprises 45 hectares of vineyards in the commune of Château-Chalon, named after a monastery, and in three neighbouring communes. Vin Jaune was supposedly "invented" in this monastery. King Henry IV, Queen Juliana of Holland (1909-2004) and the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918) were among the aristocratic lovers of wine from this area. The exceptional soil consists of black marl and limestone. A commission checks the quality of the grapes every year. In poor years, the appellation is not used, as was the case for the 1974, 1980, 1984 and 2001 vintages.

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