Riesling grown by Phillipe Brand in Ergersheim, Alsace. This spent two weeks on the skins as whole bunches, before being pressed off to cuve until May. There is a beautiful depth and richness to the fruit here, which is framed by just the right amount of tannin.
L'Octavin wines are made with love by Alice Bouvot, using organic grapes from her 5Ha of vineyards in the Arbois region. In addition to their warmth, the vineyards are just as vibrant. A native of Jura, Alice Bouvot's childhood was entirely devoted to music, and particularly the cello at the Academy of Music in Besançon. Alice Bouvot expresses her emotion, sensitivity through her wines that are born from the "interpretation of various terroirs with the best relaying of messages sent naturally by the vines". All this is done with a humble mind, observation and intuition. She also has a cellar with grapes from her friends, carefully selected and supervised by her. Above all, she only works with those who share the same vision of agriculture as she does.
In the vineyards, Alice respects the wild grasses and herbs, insects and animals, creating a true ecosystem that gives meaning to each glass of wine we taste. Since 2009, L'Octavin wines are "Pur Jus" (pure juice), with absolutely no additives at any stage of the process and no filtration.
This one with the funny colouring page label is really stunning! No chance you can sense this is a Riesling. Skin contact with whole bunches for two weeks. Massive volatile aromas on opening, imagine paint remover. De-hydraded apples, ripe stonefruits and spicy orange zest.
Kumquat? Oh yes! Feels dry and tannic, but the acidity makes it zippy and a true pleasure to drink.
Also some Notes of tangerine and spiced bread, with hints clove and eucalyptus, and lots of stone minerality in the finish. A wine like this reminds us why we love skin contact so much!