Zerlina, Domaine de l’Octavin

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Zerlina, 2018, Domaine de l’Octavin

A funky yet sexy combo of black and red fruit, green leaves and earthiness

Region: Jura, France
Grape(s): Pinot Noir & Trousseau
Genre: Organic & biodynamic
Low Sulphur: Zero
Tasting Notes: Blackcurrant, redcurrant, green leaves, earthy, slight 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.

From the Domaine’s En Curon vineyard, with soils of grey marl and limestone, this 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Trousseau from 40 year old vines is ethereal and long lasting. The grapes are fermented as whole bunches for a couple of months after which it ages for a year in cuve. It is earthy yet fresh in typical Trousseau style with an elegant touch from the Pinot, boasting both red and black berries, a green tinge from the whole bunches and a great energy.