P’tit Poussot, Domaine de l’Octavin

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P’tit Poussot, 2019, Domaine de l’Octavin

A mineral and tight Chardonnay that shows off Jura with a gunpowder edge

Region: Jura, France
Grape(s): Chardonnay
Genre: Organic & biodynamic
Low Sulphur: Zero
Tasting Notes: Stone fruits, under-ripe pineapple, gunpowder, minerality, lean, hint of VA

Alice Bouvot set up Domaine de l’Octavin in 2004 from a small cellar in Arbois, Jura and started with a couple of hectares of her own vines. She learned her craft in Burgundy and Bordeaux but was drawn to Jura for its diversity and now has around five hectares of the big five Jura grapes: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir. In 2013, after some poor vintages but an ever-growing demand for her wines, she started to buy grapes from friends (including some absolute star natural wine growers like Philippe Brand & Pierre Boyat) and now makes a range of wines in her négociant line. Her wines from the domaine are certified organic and biodynamic, as are many of the négoce wines, and they are always unfiltered, unfined and unadulterated (never any SO2). The result is vibrant and living wines that show great vintage variation and energy. She is a true queen of natural winemaking, but a no-nonsense farmer at heart.

P’tit Poussot used organic and biodynamic certified Chardonnay grapes from the Domaine, planted on limestone from the Poussot vineyard near the village of Arbois. It is a ouillé style white Jura, meaning non-oxidative, which is fermented and aged in fibreglass cuve. It is fresh and lean with intense minerality that opens into stone fruits and a little unripe pineapple, with gunpowder, flint and a well-integrated volatile acidity edge that bring a real driving energy to the wine.