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Sly Vin, Domaine de l'Octavin 2019
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.
Sylvaner grown by the Clauss family in Ergersheim, Alsace. This spent two weeks on the skins as whole bunches, followed by eight months in cuve. How Alice manages to coax such beautiful aromas out of Sylvaner we’ll never know but this really impresses with its green citrus, gentle floral notes and incredibly refreshing acidity. A wonderful way to start the day.
Producer Domaine de l'Octavin
Origin Arbois, Jura, France
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Style Medium body macerated white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, whole bunch macerated for 2 weeks, fermented with indigenous yeast, aged 8 months in vats. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.
Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic