DOMAINE DE L'OCTAVIN

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. 

In a good year, she makes a dazzling number of cuvées. There is no recipe and winemaking is dynamic, with decisions being made only once the fruit has been brought to the cellar, where fermentation, vessels and élevage varies from parcel to parcel and vintage to vintage, though nothing is ever added at any stage. It’s a refreshingly free approach that yields individual wines of real character, the common thread being a sort of boundless energy, where each is as nourishing, delicious and exciting as the last. 

Domaine de l'Octavin
Hip Hip J... Savagnin 2020

The Octavin gnomes are at play once again... Here this cult Jura producer experiments with an extremely long skin maceration of Savagnin. Highly unconventional, but the results are stunning. Spiced, aromatic stone fruits and a persistent tannic structure. Find out more.

  • Region Arbois, Jura, France
  • Grapes Savagnin
  • Vineyard Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£48.75

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Mus'cat 2022

An equal blend of Muscat d’Alexandrie and Muscat à Petits Grains. A wine of heady perfume and gourmand richness, with lots of citrus balancing out the riot of tropical fruit, spice and flowers on display. Find out more.

  • Region Arbois, Jura, France
  • Grapes Muscat d’Alexandrie & Muscat à Petits Grains
  • Vineyard Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£36

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Domaine de l'Octavin
Hip Hip J... Chardonnay 2020

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. Jura Chardonnay at its most immediate and easygoing. Find out more.

  • Region Arbois, Jura, France
  • Grapes Chardonnay
  • Vineyard Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£43

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Cigogne 2021

An aromatic wine made up of equal parts Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. Pouring a hazy shade of amber, the wine simply jumps from the glass with notes of tropical fruits, quince and spice. Find out more.

  • Region Arbois, Jura, France
  • Grapes Gewürztraminer & Pinot Gris
  • Vineyard Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£36

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Hip Hip J... Savagnin 2020 MAGNUM

The Octavin gnomes are at play once again... Here this cult Jura producer experiments with an extremely long skin maceration of Savagnin. Highly unconventional, but the results are stunning. Spiced, aromatic stone fruits and a persistent tannic structure. Big bottle! Find out more.

  • Region Arbois, Jura, France
  • Grapes Savagnin
  • Vineyard Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
£121.50

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