L'Octavin Hip Hip J Poulsard 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.
The grapes for Alice’s Hip, Hip J range of wines are from a local organic grower in Pupillin she has been working with for several years now. This is a very beautiful expression of this delicate variety from a good vintage. Carbonic maceration with whole clusters for one week. First she took off the juice and then, blended it after pressing. The wine is quite limpid and only 10.5% ABV, a level of alcohol that suits the light extraction.