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. 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 friends’ properties all over France, making an equally exciting range of négociant 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 vary 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.
Riesling grown by Philippe Brand in Ergersheim, Alsace. There is a beautiful depth and richness to the fruit here, which is framed by just the right amount of tannin. A Riesling for the table, it would be wonderful alongside a creamy crab dish or even a mushroom and sage lasagna. Pairs well with with cured meats, pickles, marinades and sushi too!
Special mention – a ”paint by number” label for anyone with kids or anyone with an inner kid!
Serving tip – Someone bring an ice bucket to chill this bottle down! Serve between 45F and 50F.