L'Octavin | Alice Bouvot
L’Octavin | Alice Bouvot
Born in Jura, Alice Bouvot initially started off in the classical wine world, studying viticulture in Bordeaux and oenology in Dijon, followed by a few years working at larger estates abroad in Napa Valley, Chile and New Zealand.
At the age of 30 she decided to move back to her native Jura to be close to her family, but also as she was intrigued by the terroir and grape varieties found in the region.
One amongst nature
She spent two years managing another domaine before starting Domaine de L’Octavin with her then-partner Charles Dagand in 2005.
Charles already knew that he wanted to make “natural wines” but for Alice it was a completely new world, and once she found out more about it, she completely fell in love with the ideals and realised that before she never fully felt happy in the wine world.
Together they were amongst some of the first in the region to make wines without any sulphites - from 2010 they never added any - and concentrated on farming in an organic and biodynamic way. .
Alice now runs the domaine by herself and really resonates with her wines being alive. Therefore treating the vines and soil respectfully is of utmost importance to her, in order to have healthy plants.
Working as a Negociant
She now has around 5 hectares and on top of that also produces negociant wines.
She started the negociant project in 2014 and doesn’t only buy the grapes, but also personally goes to the different vineyards to pick them herself. The negociant wines are recognised by the use of the gnomes on the labels.
Taste wise, L'Octavin wines are known to feature high acidity, sometime Volatile, but in a beautifully balanced way that gives energy and vibrations on the palate. Tasting full of life, these wines represent a different side to Jura from what you might expect, and as such, Alice's wines are highly sought the world over.