l’Octavin

The l’Octavin wines are lovingly crafted by Alice Bouvot in her Arbois winery using organic grapes from her 3.6 hectares of vineyards scattered around the outskirts of that beautiful town.

The vineyards, which include some of the best lieu dits (a lieu dit is a named place that has official recognition in France) available including En Curon, La Mailloche, Les Nouvelles and Les Corvées are certified organic by Demeter as are her winemaking methods.

There are absolutely no additions to any of the wines. It is fermented grape juice with the fermentation carried out by the indigenous yeasts. She does not add  sulphur at any stage nor does she filter or fine the wines. Octavin is also certified biodynamic by Demeter.

Octavin produces a bewildering array of wines in the tiny winery. Some are classical Jura wines such as the Pamina Chardonnay or the Dorabella Poulsard, while others are fascinating wines with a ‘twist’ such as the Culrond Poulsard which is vinified as a white wine even though the grapes are red or the Zerlina which is a blend of Trousseau with Pinot Noir. Octavin also makes a stunning non-appellated Vin Jaune (called Cherubin) of which we hope to receive a small allocation.

Due to weather conditions over the past few seasons and the tiny amount of wine she can make from her own vineyards, Alice has set up a négoce company which allows her to buy grapes from other regions and make wines from those grapes. Most of these wines are not made with grapes from the Jura wines but they have Alice’s definitive winemaking stamp, just as the négoce wines of the De Moors carry the hallmark of their wines. Alice and her team pick the grapes, often from the same growers each year, and then vinify the wines in her cellar.

We have identified in the descriptions below the wines that are from Alice’s Jura vineyards and those from other regions.

We usually allocate most of Alice’s wines rather than advertise them so if you are interested in buying some please email us at wine@livingwines.com.au and we will put you on a request list.

l’Octavin Betty Bulles 2019

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Betty Bulles is a lively and delicious pet nat. Our first glass of this wonderful sparkling wine was quite thrilling with the depth of flavour and the purity of the wine being very satisfying.

And it not your normal assembly of grapes for a pet nat. It is made from grapes sourced from other organic producers and the assemblage varies from year to year.

Bety Bulles is sometimes red and sometimes white but always gulpable. At the moment we have the white 2019 Betty Bulles made predominantly with an assemblage of Molette and Chardonnay from Domaine Trichon in Bugey as well as a small amount of Alsace Sylvaner and Muscat from the Pyrénées.

The wine was disgorged in January 2020. It is 11% alcohol.

RRP: $63 BY REQUEST

l’Octavin Vin de France Pamina 2016

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This wine is 100% Chardonnay made from biodynamic grapes sourced from 40 year old vines in the «La Mailloche» vineyard which lies quite close to the town of Arbois in the Jura.

The name comes from the lovers Pamina and Tamino in Mozart’s rationalist enlightenment opera The Magic Flute.

The wine is matured in old oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.

There is a pleasant level of oxidative quality (from the time it has spent in old wooden barrels) in this beautifully balanced wine that displays hazelnuts and sherry aromas alongside a zing of citrus and vibrant minerality.

This is a lively wine that begs to be served with just about any food you like!

It is 12.8% alcohol.

RRP: $86 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Ivre de Vivre 2018

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We’re delighted when a wine as delicious as Ivre de Vivre returns on our reservation list. We loved the 2017 vintage and now, if anything, 2018 is even more delicious. Hopefully Alice will make this a regular part of her wine making.

Ivre de Vivre is 100% Viognier sourced from Jean Francois Debourg in the Bully region (which lies north-west of the city of Lyon) whose vines are in conversion to organic certification.

This is a lovely, fresh, minerally white wine that is perfect with a wide range of foods. It’s a freshness and liveliness you don’t normally associate with Viognier but definitely do associate with Alice’s wines.

The grapes were direct pressed then fermented in fibreglass tank before being bottled in May 2019. It is 12.5% alcohol.

And we love the idea of a wine that is called “drink to live”.

RRP: $67 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Clé à Molette 2017

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This wine was made from certified organic grapes that Alice picked from the vineyards of Domaine Trichon in the Bugey area which lies between Beaujolais and the Jura.

She returned to the Jura with the grapes and direct pressed them before leaving them to ferment and mature in tank before bottling in May 2018.

The wine is made from 100% Molette, a white grape variety found in the region to the west and south of the Jura extending into the Savoie.

Molette is a child of the Gouais Blanc grape variety (the same as many varieties including Chardonnay) and another as yet unknown variety.

This is a bright, fresh and lively wine that makes a very nice aperitif.

RRP: $63 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Vin de France Dorabella 2018

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This wine is made from Poulsard grapes from fifty year old vines sourced from Alice’s vines in the «En Curon»  vineyard, on the outskirts of Arbois. The wine is named after one of the sisters from the opera Cosi Fan Tutte. We particularly like the mouth-feel of this wine with its generous texture and lovely acidity backed by very subtle tannins.

The grapes were destemmed and then macerated for two months.

As you would expect from a wine made from the Poulsard grape there are lovely notes of strawberries and cherries, but there is also a lingering herbal note that reminds us of marjoram or oregano. There are also some beautiful spices and pronounced minerality shining through. It is fresh, juicy and light – just what you expect a good Jura red wine to be.

Some carbon dioxide remains in this wine to enhance its freshness, but these bubbles soon disappear in the glass. It is 11.5% alcohol and was bottled in July 2019.

This wine is certified organic with Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter.

RRP: $86 (SOLD OUT)

 l’Octavin Vin de France Commendatore 2018

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This is a Trousseau from Alice’s vines in the «les Corvées» vineyard which lies close to the village of Montigny les Arsures where the terroir is considered to be perfect for the sensitive grape variety. It is here that Puffeney and Michel Gahier tend their acclaimed vineyards of the Trousseau grape.

This lighter style of red wine has aromas of fresh strawberries, cinnamon and Sichuan pepper.

The grapes were 90% destemmed for this vintage and neither pigeage (stomping the cap down) or remontage (pumping over) were performed during the 8 months of maceration.

This wine clearly displays the minerality of the Jura soil. It is light, it is long and it is totally delicious even when matched with a semi-strong cheese with truffles!

It is 11.5% alcohol.

RRP: $95 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Vin de France Corvées de T 2018

This wine is a Trousseau made from grapes from Alice’s vines in the Les Corvées vineyard which is close to the village of Montigny-les-Arsures (which is where Michel Gahier makes his lovely Trousseau wines).

This wines was, we think, the beginning of Alice’s move to Vin de France rather the Arbois appellation when one year its % alcohol was too low to meet the rules for the appellation. Some time later she made the decision to leave entirely.

It is a fascinating wine and one of our favourites. The flavour is fully developed and very appealing. It usually almost has the colour of a rosé but the weight and texture of a red wine making it a very versatile food wine but also perfect as an aperitif. This 2018 vintage it’s slightly closer to looking like a true red wine – just a fraction darker than some vintages.

The grapes were destemmed and macerated for 2 months before pressing. The wine is certified as both organic by Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter.

The wine was bottled in June 2019 and has an alcohol content of 11.5%

RRP: $86 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Reine de la Nuit 2018

Reine de la Nuit, is made from Alice’s estate grapes grown in the famous La Mailloche vineyard which is just outside Arbois.

The wine is made from Chardonnay and Savagnin grapes that were harvested by hand and stored in small crates. In 2018 it was direct pressed to produce a lively and delicious wine that was bottled without any additions including sulphites. (Sometimes the grapes are macerated but always from the same vineyard.

The wine is certified as both organic by Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter. It is 12% alcohol.

RRP: $95 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Mus’Cat 2018

Sometimes with a wine made from 100% Muscat we find the floral nature of this grape variety a bit overwhelming. However there are some winemakers who can “tame the beast” and produce wines that bring the best out of this grape and this one is a great example.

For this wine Alice purchased the Muscat from the well-known natural wine maker Vincent Lafage from Saint-Jean Lasseille in Roussillon. This village is immediately below the main city of Perpignan.

Alice normally macerates the wines for 15 days and she followed that practice in 2018. There were two varieties of Muscat namely Muscat a Petit Grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie. When we tasted the wines from tank where they had been vinified separately the Alexandrie was a much deeper orange than the Petit Grains.

The wine ended up being somewhat orange with a lovely texture and a beautiful aroma and is only 10.5% alcohol. This wine will match a wide range of foods.

The vineyard is certified organic by Ecocert.

RRP: $65 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Sly Vin 2018

This is a lovely wine! Alice purchased Sylvaner grapes from Philippe Brand in Alsace to make it. As always, she and her team harvest the grapes and take them back to the Jura in small crates.

The whole bunch grapes were macerated for two months prior to pressing and then bottled in July 2019. This is a beautiful orange wine with a lovely texture. It is 12% alcohol.

The vineyard is certified organic by Ecocert.

RRP: $67 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Amphore 2018

The Amphore is a light Trousseau made from Alice’s estate vines. But the lightness is almost a deception. Underneath the first impression there is length, intensity and spiciness.

It was destemmed and then macerated in amphora for an extended period before pressing. It is very rare, with less than 400 bottles made.

The wine is certified as both organic by Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter.

It is 12% alcohol.

RRP: $95 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Ganache 2018

This lovely wine is made from 100% Grenache sourced from a vineyard owned by Claude Ughetto beside the cemetry in in Saint Pierre de Vassols, which is not far from Carpentras in Provence.

This wine was a big surprise to us. The vineyard is quite close to Caromb, the village where we had a house for many years and we have driven past it many times, completely unaware we would one day have a close association with it.

Even more surprising is the lightness and freshness of the wine, something you don’t really associate with the spicy rich wines from this region. It is truly delicious.

As usual, Alice and her team picked the grapes. The whole bunches were macerated for three weeks before pressing and the wine was bottled in June 2019.

The vineyard is certified organic by Ecocert and the wine is 12.5% alcohol.

RRP: $67 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Raph-Noel 2017

This wine is made from 100% Gamay grapes sourced from Raphael Beysang in the south of Beaujolais.

Alice drove to the vineyard, picked the grapes then returned to her winemaking facility in Arbois in the Jura to make the wine.

The whole bunches were macerated for 45 days before pressing. The wine was bottled in May 2018.

RRP: $67 – (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Potion Magique 2018

Alice has made this wine from Poulsard, Chardonnay and Savagnin all harvested from Alice’s vines in the La Mailloche vineyard on the outskirts of Arbois.

While most of her estate wines are single variety she does blend occasionally, but always only if the grapes are from the same vineyard.

The destemmed grapes were macerated for seven months prior to pressing.

The wine is certified as both organic by Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter. It is 11.5% alcohol.

We can’t do better than quote Tutto Wines on this occasion “This is just the most incredible colour, with wild aromas of spiced quince and a lovely blood orange bitterness to the finish. Thrillingly unique.”

RRP: $95 (SOLD OUT)