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 have a few single bottles of Alice’s wines available, so if you are interested in buying some please email us at wine@livingwines.com.au and we will let you know what is available.

l’Octavin Betty Bulles 2019


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.


l’Octavin Vin de France Pamina 2018


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 which is derived from the Jurassic marls in which the vines thrive.

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

It is 13.5% alcohol which reflects the higher temperatures experienced in 2018.

RRP: $100 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Ivre de Vivre 2021


We’re delighted when a wine as delicious as Ivre de Vivre returns on our reservation list. We loved the 2017 and 2018 vintages and now, if anything, the 2021 is even more delicious even though it is using different grapes from a different supplier.

Ivre de Vivre this year comprises 50% Vermentino and 50% Roussanne and Marsanne sourced from Claude Ughetto beside the cemetery in Saint Pierre de Vassols, which is not far from Carpentras in Provence. The vineyard is almost on the lower slopes of the famous Mont Ventoux and is certified organic by Demeter.

The Vermentino was pressed directly, while the Roussanne and Marsanne were macerated for 10 days as whole clusters. After fermentation was complete the juice from each was joined together.

This is a lovely, fresh, minerally white wine that is perfect with a wide range of foods. It’s a freshness and liveliness that is always associated with Alice’s wines.

The grapes were pressed and added to a fibreglass tank before being bottled. It is 11% alcohol.

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

RRP: $70

l’Octavin Clé à Molette 2021


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 Savoie. The Trichon vineyards are almost directly West of Lyon.

She returned to the Jura with the grapes and direct pressed them before leaving them to ferment and mature in tank before bottling in April 2022.

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. The grapes were directly pressed and then the juice transferred to tank.

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. Also note the wrench on the label. This is because Clé à Molette means adjustable wrench. Yet another play on words that the French love so much!


l’Octavin Vin de France Dorabella 2021


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 six weeks which was two weeks less than for the same wine of the previous vintage.

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.

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

RRP: $112 (SOLD OUT)

 l’Octavin Vin de France Commendatore

Octavin Commendatore

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. Both vintages of this wine were bottled after the long 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!

RRP: $86 for 2017 and $94 for 2019 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Vin de France Corvée de T 2020

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. It is just a fraction darker than some vintages with almost a “rhubarb” acidity.

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 May 2021 and has an alcohol content of 11.5%.


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.


l’Octavin Mus’Cat 2022

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 but she only left them for 4 days in 2022. There is normally two varieties of Muscat namely Muscat a Petit Grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie.

The back label has a slightly different name – Muscattt!

RRP: $73

l’Octavin Sly Vin Sylvaner 2021

This is a lovely wine! Alice purchased Sylvaner grapes from Alsace vigneron Guillaume Clauss (from Vins Edel Clauss), whose vineyards are to the west of Strasbourg. As always, she and her team harvested the grapes and took them back to the Jura in small crates.

It is sufficiently macerated to have detectable tannins but with a soft, aromatic beginning and mineral finish. The colour is distinctly orange.

The vineyard is in conversion for certification by Agriculture Biologique (AB).

RRP: $73

l’Octavin Joker Jacquère 2021

This wine was made with Jacquère grapes grown by Nathalie Montagnon from Le Mas des Abymes in the village of Chapareillan in the Savoie. Their vineyard is in a stunning area of flat plains with sheer mountains thrusting skyward just south of Chambéry.

As always, Alice drove to this location, picked the grapes manually, loaded them into her van and took them back to her new winery in Arbois where she made the wine.

It has the freshness we’ve come to expect from wines made with grapes Alice sources from the hinterland of the French Alps.

RRP: $73

l’Octavin Amphore 2018

The Amphore is a Trousseau made from Alice’s estate vines which all are situated quite close to the central Jura town of Arbois.

This is also where she has built her new winery so that she does not have the space constraints that the previous site within the town imposed.

This wine appears quite light in the glass, but the lightness is almost a deception. Underneath the first visual 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.


l’Octavin Grenabar 2021

This is another wine made from grapes that were harvested, vinified and bottled by Alice from grapes grown by Claude Ughetto, as described below for the Ganache wine, whose vineyard is beside the cemetery in Saint Pierre de Vassols, which is not far from Carpentras in Provence.

This wine is not made from Grenache as is the Ganache below. This wine is a complete revelation as it is made from a blend of red Carignan and white Vermentino to make a very light red wine that actually looks like a rosé. It does, however, have masses of flavour from the two grape varieties and the processing which involved foot stomping the whole bunches of Vermentino and adding the result to the juice of the Carignan which had been direct pressed. The grapes underwent 3 weeks of maceration. The wine was bottled on June 2nd, 2022.

RRP: $70

l’Octavin Ganache 2022

This lovely wine is made from 100% Grenache sourced from a vineyard owned by Claude Ughetto beside the cemetery in Saint Pierre de Vassols, which is not far from Carpentras in Provence. Ughetto practices biodynamics and is certified for those practices.

The lightness and freshness of the wine is 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. For 75% of the cuvée whole bunches were macerated for one month. 25% was infused in juice for one week. It was bottled in June 2023

RRP: $78

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 2019

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 whole clusters were macerated for two months prior to pressing.

The wine is certified as both organic by Ecocert France and biodynamic with Demeter. It is 13% 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: $106 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Elle Aime 2021

The grapes for this wine were harvested from Alice’s vines in the “En Arces” vineyard near the Jura village of Arbois. The wine is made from Pinot Noir 75% and 25% Chardonnay. The grapes underwent whole cluster maceration for 2 months prior to pressing.

In the description that Alice gave us she used the word “trempette” which literally translates as going going for a “dip”.

The wine was bottled in June 2022.

RRP: $112

l’Octavin Zerlina 2019

The grapes for this wine are from Alice’s vines in the “En Curon” vineyard where the soils are comprised of grey marl and limestone. The Pinot Noir and Trousseau were destemmed then macerated for 2 months and the juice was then transferred to tank for 10 months prior to bottling in May 2020 a full nine months after the harvest.


l’Octavin P’tit Poussot 2021


This wine is made from direct press Chardonnay from Alice’s vines in the “en Poussot” vineyard (where the soils are rich with limestone) which is quite close to the central Jura village of Arbois.

The grapes were direct pressed and the juice transferred to a fibreglass tank where the natural fermentation using indigenous yeasts took place.

The wine matured in the tank for 8 months before it was bottled in June 2022 without the addition of any sulphites. The result is a beautiful wine that is non-oxidative and very fresh.

RRP: $112 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Macèré 2019

This wine is certified for both organic viticulture from Ecocert and for both biodynamic viticulture and winemaking techniques from Demeter. The grapes were handpicked into small 10 kilogram containers from Alice’s vines in the “en Arces” vineyard near the village of Arbois.

The Chardonnay grapes then underwent whole bunch maceration in fibreglass tanks for two months before being pressed and the juice returned to the tanks. The result was an orange wine of considerable finesse where the tannins are present from the skins of the grapes, however are quite fine grained and not at all aggressive. The wine was bottled in May 2020. Alcohol is 13%.

The label is a reworking of artwork from previous Chardonnay wines from Alice as far back as 2011!

RRP: $100 (SOLD OUT)

l’Octavin Brutal 2017/2018

This wine is another in the now widespread series of Brutal wines which are supposed to be a unique wine made for a specific vintage. Alice has, instead, used grapes from two different vintages for this wine, as she felt that the blended wines were greater than the separate versions. And she was right! This wine is made from her own Pinot Noir from the 2017 vintage and Muscat that she purchased from the 2018 vintage. The result is an electrifying light red which displays all the characteristics of the Pinot Noir with the added layer of complexity on the nose from the Muscat grapes.


l’Octavin Hip Hip J… Macerated Chardonnay 2020

From the Jura, this macerated wine is made from Chardonnay. We already have a cuvee with a similar name but this very limited cuvée made with grapes from the Arbois leu dit La Mailloche, where Alice also has vines, has had a slightly different treatment.

The grapes were destemmed and then macerated in glass for eight months before pressing and bottling in September 2021. How to tell them apart if you have both? The labels are identical, with the gnome wearing yellow trousers, but the lot numbers are different.

The lot number for this wine is ‘Lch macéré 2020 8 mois en jarre La Mailloche’. The lot number for the wine we released a few months ago is ‘Lch macéré 2020’

RRP: $103

l’Octavin Hip Hip J… Macerated Savagnin 2020

The Savagnin grapes for this wine were purchased by Alice from another Jura producer whose vines are currently undergoing conversion to organic with Agriculture Biologique.

The previous vintage that we had which used the Savagnin was combined with Chardonnay, however this year there was enough Savagnin to create a cuvée just from Savagnin.

The grapes were left as whole bunches and allowed to macerate for 2 months. They were then pressed and the juice transferred to a tank where it underwent natural fermentation, followed by 6 months of maturation prior to bottling in June 2021.

The result is a truly delicious wine with a long finish and a nuttiness showing through from the Savagnin. We love this wine!

Please note: In 2022 we released another l’Octavin Hip Hip J… Savagnin from the 2020 vintage. It was a directly-pressed white wine and is now sold out.

RRP: $97

l’Octavin Hip Hip J… Poulsard / Trousseau / Gamay 2018

From the Jura this red wine is a blend of Poulsard, Trousseau, and a small amount of Gamay. We don’t know a lot about it except that we know that at least the majority of the grapes were sourced from Arbois from the vigneron who provides the certified organic grapes for the other Hip Hip wines.

It’s predominantly Poulsard and Trousseau with a little Gamay. The characteristics are similar to the 100% Poulsard from the same grower and vintage we released twice – once in 2021 and once in 2022. It’s light but obviously unfiltered with some volatile acidity balanced by red fruits, especially pomegranate.

RRP: $83

l’Octavin Cariboum 2021

From Provence this red wine is a blend of Carignan and Grenache. It is made with grapes from Claude Ughetto’s biodynamically-certified vineyards in Saint Pierre de Vassol which lies just a few kilometres north of the town of Carpentras under the towering Mont Ventoux.

Whole bunches of Grenache were covered with the juice of directly-pressed Carignan. It was pressed then bottled in May 2022.

A spooky side note is that for many years we owned, with two friends, a house in a village called Caromb, which is on the lower slopes of the famous Mont Ventoux. When we looked out the top window of the house we could clearly see Claude Ughetto’s vineyards!

RRP: $73

l’Octavin La Cigogne Green Gewurztraminer/Pinot Gris 2021

This is a stunning, fresh, lively wine made from Gewurztraminer (50%) and Pinot Gris (50%) provided by Domaine Marc Humbrecht in Alsace who has been biodynamic for many years. Alice brought the gapes back to her winery in the Jura and then macerated the whole bunches for 5 weeks then the juice was left in tank until May 2022 when it was bottled.

This is an interesting and quite compelling wine as there are some tannins present as well as a little of that slight bitterness which makes a wine attractive. It shows tropical fruits on the nose and is a perfect wine for an aperitif or to accompany quite a wide range of foods.

RRP: $73

l’Octavin Mayga Gamay 2020

The Gamay grapes for this wine were purchased by Alice from Pierre Boyat who lives in the village of Lynes in Beaujolais.

The vineyard is certified organic by Agriculture Biologique.

The grapes underwent whole bunch maceration for 20 days. The wine was bottled in May 2021.


l’Octavin Roi des Cepages 2021

Octavin Roi de Cepages 2019

This wine was made from Riesling grapes (trans: the king of grape varieties) purchased from Jerome Meyer in Alsace and picked by Alice from a plot that is in conversion to organic viticulture.

Alice described the treatment to us as directly pressed grapes but it drinks as a macerated wine so the press must have been very slow. It was bottled in April 2023.

RRP: $73

l’Octavin Charlot 2016

The grapes for this interesting wine are Merlot (85%), Molette and Muscat. The organic grapes (certified by Agriculture Biologique – AB) were purchased from Thierry Goult of Domaine de la Saulsaie in Carcassonne the famous walled village in the Languedoc (also famous for the delicious cassoulet dish) just off the freeway between Narbonne and Toulouse. The grapes underwent whole bunch maceration for 30 days before being pressed and the juice transferred to tank. The wine was bottled in April 2018.