L'Octavin Hip Hip J Chardonnay Macéré 2020
Country: Jura, France
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. Vineyard work is done by hand, with biodynamic farming used to maintain biodiversity in the vineyard.
After a number of lean vintages, Alice had to look further afield to make ends meet and now harvests grapes at trusted friends’ properties all over France, making an equally exciting range of négociant wines.
Alice’s take on Chardonnay from a friend in Arbois. The grapes were macerated as whole bunches for two months, before being pressed to cuve until the following spring. Reflecting the vintage, this is plush with stone fruits, which are cut with a pleasant tension and stony minerality. This is Jura Chardonnay at its most immediate and easygoing.