Hip Hip J… Poulsard Blanc, Domaine de l'Octavin 2020

Domaine de l'Octavin


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Despite having trained in Bordeaux and Burgundy, Alice Bouvot knew that when it came to start her own domaine, the Jura would be the place. In 2004 she started from scratch, buying a small cellar in the village of Arbois and a couple of hectares of vines in the hills surrounding.  Alice now farms around five hectares of Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir, with holdings in some of the region’s very best lieu-dits such as En Curon, La Mailloche, Les Nouvelles and Les Corvées.

Vineyard work is done by hand and is both fanatical and fantastic, with biodynamic farming used to great effect in retaining a real biodiversity in the vineyard. These are some of the most beautiful parcels we have seen.  After a number of lean vintages, Alice had to look further afield to make ends meet and now harvests grapes at trusted friend’s properties all over France, making an equally exciting range of negotiant wines. 

A thrillingly unique blanc de noirs of Poulsard. Grown by a friend of Alice’s in Arbois, the fruit is pressed straight to cuve, where it remains for a short élevage. Bottled young and brimming with energy, it is all citrus and stones and at just ten degrees of alcohol, makes for a wonderful aperitif or the perfect accompaniment to some ripe alpine cheese.

Producer Domaine de l'Octavin

Origin Arbois, Jura, France

Grapes Poulsard

Vintage 2020

Alcohol 12.5% ABV

Style Medium body natural white (blanc de noir)

Bottle size 750ml 

Winemaking Manual harvested, direct press, fermented with indigenous yeast. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.

Notes  Natural, Organic, Biodynamic